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All Is Well, the powerful and moving ninth volume of the series The Work and the Glory, brings to a close the Restoration-era portion of this epic story. It follows the fictional Steed family from June 1846 to October 1847 as they participate in some of the most pivotal and dramatically charged events in Church history, including the migration of the Saints from the banks of the Missouri River to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
As this volume opens, the Steeds have been scattered — and the family is only split up further as the story unfolds. Will and Alice's voyage aboard the Brooklyn nears its end as the ship approaches the California shore. Peter and Kathryn continue their journey westward in the Donner-Reed party. In Nauvoo, Melissa and Carl find their situation growing increasingly dangerous and their marriage more and more strained. Other Steed family members are temporarily encamped at the Missouri River, where the Saints will set up winter quarters. When the United States government, at war with Mexico, calls for five hundred Mormon volunteers to form a battalion, some of the Steeds march with that battalion in its history-making trek across the continents. Meanwhile, other family members become part of the pioneer companies that, at last, establish in the West a place of refuge for the Saints.
As with the previous books in the series, this volume is populated with a host of interesting characters, both fictional and historical. And even though throughout most of the story the Steeds are separated from one another, hope remains that somehow all of them will be reunited, and with the rest of the Saints they will make the chorus swell: “All is well! All is well!”
About the Author
Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also did extensive graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, and studies Hebrew at the University of Judaism in Hollywood, California.
During his thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, the author served as a seminary teacher, an institute teacher and director, a curriculum writer, director of college curriculum, and zone administrator. His Church callings have included serving as stake president, bishop, and teacher. Elder Lund served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008.
Elder Lund is a prolific author; his novels include the Work and the Glory series, the Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, Fire of the Covenant, and The Undaunted. He has also written several books on gospel topics, including Hearing the Voice of the Lord and Divine Signatures.
He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children. For more information, please visit Gerald Lund’s website (Click Here)
Wonderful series of books that I hated to see end.
by J. Eileen - reviewed on September 06, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series and in the process learned SO much about church history. , BUT, there seems to be an error on page 524 of Vol. 9, where Mr. Lund states that Derek was helping with the wagon there in Winter Quarters. He wasn't even there...he was in Pueblo. Has anyone else noticed this mistake or am I the one mistaken?
by Customer - reviewed on September 16, 2008
This whole series of books was very informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend them.
A must read
by Customer - reviewed on September 18, 2008
I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole series of the Work and the Glory. Gerald Lund is now one of my favorite LDS authors. Up until these books, I wasn't interested in history. The author piqued my interest. It was sad when I finished the last book of the series. I wanted to keep reading and learning. I was glad to read that Joshua decided to come back to his family and that he was baptized.
by Ashley - reviewed on October 22, 2008
This provides a realistic look at the trek to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, along with the Mormon Battalion, the Donnor Party, and the stay at Winter Quarters. This is a great book.