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About Us

 The Nauvoo Discovery Program began as a passion project to address the changing needs in the Nauvoo community and to provide a spiritually strengthening and enriching environment for college-aged students to discover the extraordinary treasures Nauvoo offers. 

The journey began in 2010 when Brian Christiansen first set foot in Nauvoo, Illinois, with his wife and two teenage children. The experience had a significant impact on his family. In 2020, he returned to Nauvoo and purchased a business and even added a museum.

However, his passion project was to design a program for college students to come to Nauvoo and learn about the history and early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who built “The City Beautiful.”

He eventually crossed paths with Darren Adair, who shared his vision, and together, they set to work and designed a program unlike any other—The Nauvoo Discovery Program!



Our mission is to strengthen the testimonies of Young Single Adults through living in, learning of, and discovering Nauvoo.

We strive to fulfill our mission in the following ways:

  • Create an on-campus experience while students continue their online coursework.

  • Provide opportunities to connect, serve, and learn from others as well as from the early Nauvoo saints.

  • Inspire participants to become more devoted disciples of Jesus Christ through their program experiences.

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