In Amos there is an interesting prophecy about the day when God will raise up the tabernacle of David which has fallen… as well as his ruins-
“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
Is God referring to ancient King David and the tabernacle that his son Solomon built that is fallen or is he referring to the latter day Davidic King and to his tabernacle that has since fallen and been replaced by someone else?
Recently, whilst lurking around the ancient city of David
Joseph, I heard a rumor that Joseph had created a tomb that he had expressly requested his friends and family to bury him in when he died. It was to be used to bury his family in as well.
The Prophet said of his deceased father, “Sacred to me is his dust and the spot where he is laid. Sacred to me is the tomb I have made to encircle o’er his head. Let the memory of my father eternally live.”
I plan on doing a more in-depth post on this at a later time pertaining to the importance of burial tombs used by Abraham Moses, Jacob, Joseph, David and others of our ancient patriarchal fathers and kings, but for now, just in case anyone is interested, I thought I would show you what I found.
When the current Nauvoo temple foundation was being built, a large underground rock vault was discovered and some speculated that it may have been the sepulcher created by and spoken of by Joseph Smith Jr., however, another theory which has been quietly championed by a professor at BYU is a tomb that was made out of the basement of an old house that was used for a time as a winery.
Again, I plan on doing a more detailed post on the specifics of Josephs mock burial, the various places he is supposed to have been buried, Brighams attempt to get Emma to remove his body to the sepulcher that Joseph had prepared for his own burial, where he wanted to be buried with his kindred dead and how all of this relates to the burial of King David, and the return of the Joseph Smith, etc.
To get to the sacred grove where the tomb of Joseph is located walk south past the church into the backyard of the church then look to your right down into the valley containing the historic section of Nauvoo. You will be gazing over a large lawn that sits to the southwest of the backyard of the church.
The hand in front of Mrs Watchers face is apparently symbolic of how they plan of becoming composite beings in the next life. (as also depicted in the temple ceremony when the female initiate puts the veil over her face)
This area around this tomb has an extremely high vibratory frequency (strong spirit) nevertheless, it is actually quite doubtful that this was ever used or even considered for Joseph’s tomb. What you are looking at was apparently an old wine cellar.
As it turns out, there were two underground pyramid shaped enclosures adjacent the temple that were meant to hold the remains of the Seer and the Spokesman