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 have enjoyed this book a lot. Learning so much about church history while reading it.
I hope they come out with the next volume soon.
I thank the inspired leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for compiling this comprehensive history. It goes into greater detail of the many historical events that took place in the history of the Church and it captivated me from the beginning to the end. I could not put it down. I both read and listened to this emotional explanation of the trials the early pioneers went through. I gained a greater appreciation of Joseph Smith, Hyrum and others who were persecuted and driven from state to state. They did not know their fate but trusted in their Lord and Savior to save them in the end. I look forward to future publications with great anticipation!!!
I am enjoying this book immensely and can't wait for the next volume. As much as I have enjoyed this book so far, I am trying my best in taking my time with it, but it is hard to do so. There have been parts that I had to place the book done to catch my breathe and shed a few tears. There are moments when I feel myself right there with the saints. This book would be a great missionary gift to give to someone.
I have a hard staying focused when reading (or listening) so I was really surprised this kept my attention! I was expecting it to be more like a history text book. It has been written in way that is fun and enjoyable to read (or listen to).
I started reading the E-book version, but since I prefer a real book, I ordered this. What a well-written volume thus far! I was just baptized on October 13, 2018. I find this answers any historical questions I have. If you love history as much as I, you will love this book! :)
Such a great book. You learn something new every time you read a chapter! #lfthx
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.