One Candle

by Gale Sears

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This eBook is also available in Italian.

It is 1849—barely two years after the Saints' arrival in Utah—and missionaries are being sent out to preach the gospel to the world. One of them, Lorenzo Snow, is sent to Italy. He is led to the valleys of the Piedmont, where the Waldenese, followers of the reformer Peter Waldo, have been exiled and persecuted. There, Elder Snow and his two companions find both success and challenges. Hiking into the alpine mountains near the town of Torre Pellice, they are recognized by Madeleine Cardon, who had seen a vision of them bringing the gospel years earlier. Her family and others soon welcome the missionaries into their lives.

Madeleine's best friend, Albertina Guy, faces her own challenges as her heart is drawn to this new faith. Her family is Catholic; her great-uncle is a priest in the local monastery. Joining the Mormons could mean being expelled from her family. When Elder Snow heals her dying young brother with a priesthood blessing, Albertina and her family must reassess their feelings for these Mormon missionaries and the doctrine they preach.

Based on the true story of the first LDS missionaries in Italy, One Candle shows the gospel of Jesus Christ changing lives and rolling forward "boldly, nobly, and independent" in the early days of the Restoration.

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Size6 x 9
Pages296
ISBN9781629723945
PublishedDeseret Book 2018

About the Author

Gale Sears

Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God, Letters in the Jade Dragon Box, and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, reside in Utah.

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(based upon 11 reviews)

Exceptional and enchanting!
By , Submitted on 2018-07-28

This story is beautifully written. Both the historically accurate parts and the fictional embellishments are so well done and woven together masterfully. I love the historic annotations! However, the best part to me is that this is the story of my ancestors! I’ve heard these stories since I was a young child! I even have a son named after these great and noble people!
Thank you for telling their story! This book will forever be precious to me!

A Beautiful, True Story of Sacrifice and the Emulation of God's Love
By , Submitted on 2018-06-26

Having lived in Italy for a year and half as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my heart was already full of great appreciation for the Italian people. However, this was the first historical fiction novel of any variety that I have ever read and was honestly weary of the premises constructing works of historical fictions; I assumed I would experience some level of disappointment knowing that not all of the aspects of narrative were true. Though when I finished reading the story and closed the book, my heart was aching and my eyes were wet. Gale Sears masterfully creates a story of sacrifice and the resulting spiritual progression of the main characters, especially that of Lorenzo snow, the first missionary of the Mormon church to preach in Italy. Whether the reader is an LDS member or not, or has any connection to the religious history of Italy is of small matter; this story uses the true experiences of dedicated, faithful pioneers of Italy to emulate the rigorous and refining character-building that occurs when one sacrifices their time, efforts, and lives for the service of others. In a way, I felt that I was experiencing the same progression as the characters as they realized the true girth of their mission and experienced spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical obstacles, which ironically led to greater joys and successes. I believe no review or third-party endorsement can truly offer the full perspective of Gale's remarkable undertaking of such a great country and people; therefore, join the journey of Lorenzo Snow and the Malan family in the pages of this beautiful, true story.

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-06-14

I'm saddened that this book and many others are not in Audio. Even when you are in just the "Audio books" and you go to download then you fined it's just a read.
My mom is almost blind and I don't read well. But we have found that this "Plus" application is absolutely amazing and worth every penny! But some books, even in a series, are not Audio. So we feel robbed, 😢😭 PLEASE! PLEASE! Help fix that..... 💔 M

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-04-15

Gale Sears has done a masterful retelling of the history of the Waldenese people. Growing up I heard countless stories of my 3rd Great Grandparents, Michael and Marianne Beus. who were baptized by Lorenzo Snow in Piedmont Italy. I also was told of Madeleine Cardon and her vision of the missionaries that would bring the restored gospel to her people, and the influence she had in bestowing trust in the missionaries and what they were preaching. When I heard of Gale Sears' book I was shocked and excited that others knew of the Waldenese people and that their story was being told. Gale takes us to the beautiful valleys of Piedmont, and tells of the hardship that these people endured because of their faith. I loved hearing the tale from President Snow's point of view. If you love a good book that has both fact and fiction I highly recommend One Candle.

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-04-04

I can’t recommend One Candle by Gale Sears highly enough. Lorenzo Snow came to life for me in this historically based novel. I travelled with him as a missionary to the beautiful Italian Valleys of the Piedmont in 1849 where I loved meeting the Cardon and Guy families. Their history as descendants of the persecuted and exiled followers of Peter Waldo made them the perfect first candidates to receive the Gospel in Italy. I shivered with them as they stepped through broken ice to be baptized. I felt their apprehension as they faced renewed persecution. I wept as they embraced family for the last time to journey to the Salt Lake Valley. I will never look at Lorenzo Snow or the early Italian Saints the same way again. I give it five stars!

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-04-04

I can’t recommend One Candle by Gale Sears highly enough. Lorenzo Snow came to life for me in this historically based novel. I travelled with him as a missionary to the beautiful Italian Valleys of the Piedmont in 1849 where I loved meeting the Cardon and Guy families. Their history as descendants of the persecuted and exiled followers of Peter Waldo made them the perfect first candidates to receive the Gospel in Italy. I shivered with them as they stepped through broken ice to be baptized. I felt their apprehension as they faced renewed persecution. I wept as they embraced family for the last time to journey to the Salt Lake Valley. I will never look at Lorenzo Snow or the early Italian Saints the same way again. I give it five stars!

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-04-01

Gale Sears 'One Candle' is a captivating historical fiction that takes place in northern Italy. Her ability to create visuals, sense, and an overall strong atmosphere in her writing, made me feel like I was right there in Italy too! This book is inspiring and uplifting, the stories of the early saints and the sacrifices they made are humbling and encouraging. It was wonderful to learn more about Elder Lorenzo Snow's mission to the people of Peidmont. I loved this book and I would strongly recommend it to all!

Review for One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-03-28

I have long felt a love for the Italian people, though I have never been there. I loved the book! It is inspiring, encouraging and full of the sacrifice of the early saints. I am a very visual person, so relating the dreams of Madeleine, captured my attention immediately. I love the notes at the bottom of each chapter, with the actual events. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-03-27

I’m a Gale Sears fan, I’m partial to historical fiction, and I’m a descendant of LDS converts from the Piedmont Valley of northern Italy. No wonder I was excited when I saw that Gale’s new book, One Candle, was about Elder Lorenzo Snow’s mission to preach the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Italy and particularly to the Waldenses of Piedmont. Gale has brought to life the people and stories I knew from my family history. She has a talent for blending believable fictional characters with actual historical figures. I loved the historical notes at the end of the chapters and at the end of the book. Gale’s research was spot on. As you read the book (and I certainly recommend it) you will get a feel for the sacrifices made by the early missionaries to Italy and the faithful Waldenses who left their majestic mountain homes to join with the Latter-day Saints in the deserts of Utah. Thank you Gale for another enjoyable look into history.

One Candle
By , Submitted on 2018-03-27

Gale Sears is a masterful storyteller who makes the characters come to life. The story makes you rethink your own commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and also demonstrates the faith of the earliest saints in Italy. Sears uses accurate history with a fictional spin to make this book one of a kind and very enjoyable. I strongly recommend this book to all.


By , Submitted on 2018-03-26

This is a wonderful story of struggle and faith and listening to the spirit by early missionaries of the gospel and the lives they touched. Great characters that come to life as the story develops. You truly feel like you are there with them as they deal with the challenges of the early church in Northern Italy. Great to hear from Gale Sears again.

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