In 1820, a young farm boy in search of truth has a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Three years later, an angel guides him to an ancient record buried in a hill near his home. With God's help, he translates the record and organized the Savior's church in the latter days. Soon others join him, accepting the invitation to become Saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
But opposition and violence follow those who defy old traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world.
The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced and meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord's call to write history "for the good of the church, and for the rising generations" (Doctrine and Covenants 69:0). 699 total pages including notes and maps.
I had not previously read much about some of church history. I appreciated the sources that were given as evidence for the accounts shared. This book puts in context very concisely, the plight of the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and sheds light on how the movement progressed to the church that now stands. I would recommend this book to anyone.
This is the best historical book I have ever read. I truly enjoyed every second.
The history of the church has never been presented so clearly! Growing up, I had read all of the very disjointed stories, but had a difficult time placing them within the proper sequence and context. Also, I believe that we as a church have been criticized for skipping over difficult-to-understand events if the past including polygamy, priesthood for all worthy men, apostasy of church leaders and even mistakes made by church leaders which created the circumstances for civil unrest and mob mentality. This book includes it all - and has strengthened my testimony of the restored gospel even more. Our church’s very difficult history accompanied by the faith of Saints who knew and recognized the Spirit to confirm the truth is the same today. This book gives me great strength in knowing that our ancestors could endure such trials for their belief in the restored, true gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have read many church history books as it is very interesting to me. This volume is incredible and brings history to life. New knowledge is easily gained and a brighter perspective of what really happened is evident. It’s also an easy read.
I've been listening to this book the past week in my car on the way to work and on the way home. I feel like I'm really there. This book shows the faith of those involved in the beginning of the restoration.
This book brought me to tears many times! I grew a love for the saints and the hardships they endured. My testimony is strengthened and I am so grateful for the restoration of this Gospel and the members of the church who trusted the lord and had faith to to stand for truth even when it meant they could be killed by mobs. Im looking forward to the next volume!
This is an outstanding narrative of our faith, much to the support of doctrinal writings, "things as they are, things as they will become, and very important, things as they have been".
Brought me in to their world! I was emotionally engaged with and I felt like some parts were exactly the things I was experiencing in my life. I saw myself as traitor at times, as a follower, rejecting things like plural marriage yet getting angry at how members were treating the prophet. I would ask myself I would do in certain situations and was inspired by the strong women who had to raise their families alone while their husbands left on missions. I would stay up reading 2-6 chapters and finally finished today. I can't wait until Volume 2 comes out.
Wow, this is an honest, informative discussion of the Restoration. Well done on every point. You are there like in a movie. Good guys and bad guys. Made me reflect on their struggle and perseverance spectacular! ..waiting for the next volume. Honest story, nothing held back. Hoping they put volume 2 on ASAP...want to know more. held back,
thank you for this incredible book, beautifully done. we are in our 70's and almost every day i read to us 2-4 chapters from it. i hope the wait for vol.2 isn't too long. the gospel is so true!
Learned a lot and enjoyed the novel format for a pleasant and interesting read. Can’t wait for the next volume.
I couldn’t put the book down. I am so touched by all the historical history that the early Latter Day Saints endured. I am anxiously waiting for volume 2
I couldn’t not put this down. I read any spare moment I found. There are so many moments I felt the spirit so strongly and was moved to tears. A must read for anyone looking to get to know Joseph and the saints more personally. I feel a greater love for Joseph and the saints and all they sacrificed for the gospel. I only wish the next book was already available.
I have read a lot of church history. Still, I found a wealth of fascinating detail I had never heard before! I loved it and hope the wait is not too long for the next volume.
Whatever you think of Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, theirs is a rich, remarkable history. This series is an excellent way to learn more. It's purposely written in an engaging, readable way in order to appeal to readers of all ages, backgrounds, and familiarity with Church history/doctrine. It's honest, well-researched, and engaging. I definitely recommend taking advantage of this incredible price (FREE for the e-book) and giving it a shot. I've been a member of the Church my whole life, and I still learned a ton from it.
Read my full review at: http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/2018/09/engaging-readable-lds-church-history.html
Love it, love it, love it!!! It is so visual, compelling, and inspiring. I constantly find myself asking, “ How would my faith stand up to the persecutions and trials of those early Saints? Could I endure? Has my service and sacrifices come close to the ones they made building up God’s kingdom? The people in this book consume my thoughts and give me a desire to be more committed and faithful.
Twelve-year-old Emily Partridge prepared to return to school in Clay County Missouri. Emily enjoyed school and loved playing with her friends, using simple vines as jump ropes. She lived in a cabin, previously used as a stable, with a large fireplace as the only source of heat during the long, cold winter. Emily and her family had been unjustly forced out of their home in Jackson County, Missouri because of their religious beliefs.
From beginning to end, “Saints” focuses on the individuals who took part in the humble beginnings of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints - ordinary people who felt an extraordinary zeal for what they believed to be the truth. The pages of the book open the curtain to pre-Civil War historical events. The documentation at the back of the book is worth reviewing to understand the book’s research and accuracy. Addition articles, videos, and related topics can be found on the website, https://history.lds.org/saints?lang=eng&cid=rdb_v_saints_eng.
Joseph Smith is the central character of this historical record. He is portrayed as a young man who is learning line upon line, precept upon precept about how to become a prophet of God. If you read the book with an open mind and heart, the enormity of his sacrifice and the difficult trials he had to face at such a young age will impress you. Stories that have been taken out of historical context on the Internet about his life are also explained.
The life of Joseph Smith is not the only story that is told. Many other faithful saints, men and women alike, are highlighted. Jennetta Richards heard a group of missionaries speak in Preston, England. As she heard the men speak about angels, an ancient record, and a living prophet who received revelations from God, like prophets in the Bible, she knew it was true and was baptized into the new religion. Jennetta’s father was the minister in Walkerfold, England. He heard his daughter’s story and he became very interested in the missionary’s message. Jennetta immigrated to the United States to be with the other saints. This was a journey that thousands of English converts would make.
The martyrdom of Joseph does not end the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as many members of the mob had hoped. Instead, the faith of the saints kept the Church moving forward, even during the difficult final days in Nauvoo. The book ends with the saints looking westward for a new home away from persecution.
Don’t let the page count deter you; it is a fast read and one that will touch your heart and your mind with the faithfulness of these early Church members.
Whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or not, you will enjoy reading about the spirit and the dedication of these people who believed the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s First Vision as truth. They were willing to suffer adversity, and depravation for their beliefs. What people of faith and fortitude!
Saints is an engaging narrative history, written in an accessible style and based on solid historical research. I thoroughly enjoyed reading an almost too-familiar story that felt surprisingly fresh and authentic because it is told through the experiences of previously underrepresented characters—particularly women. As a scholar, I was impressed with the deliberate treatment of difficult events in the history. Saints gives a more three-dimensional representation of Joseph Smith and includes more of Emma Smith’s perspective than previous historical accounts produced by the Church. I consider it an accomplishment to produce this kind of a comprehensive historical account with brevity, clarity, and accessibility for a global Church, while not putting the reader to sleep. This is a must-read for both insiders and outsiders who seek to understand how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defines its foundational history at this moment.
My wife and recently finished our mission as Site Director couple at the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center and learned so much about Church history from 1816-1830. After 1830 we don't know much. Every chapter in this book that covered the history up to 1830 contained something we didn't know previously. This is an easy read and filled with details many members of the Church don't know. We have learned that these details corroborate Joseph's story and the accounts of others and strengthen our witness every time. I highly recommend this book.