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 loved this book. It showed how hard it was in those days and made understand more fully why the Saints reacted as they did in later years. A strong people who went through so much. I would like to think that my testimony would have stayed strong through such trying times. We may yet have to go through hard times. Reading what they went through should help us prepare to some extent. I liked the open honesty in this book and look forward to volume 2.
Let me just start out by saying that I do not like reading history. I get bored and it is hard for me to follow sometimes. This book was amazing. There was so much information gathered from so many different sources of the same event to help portray what actually happened. The book reads like a novel though. It was so easy to get into and hard to stop reading. This is not a “Best Church Events from the Early Days of the Church” book. It tells the full stories, good and not so good, of the events that happened to start the church and how the church continued after (Spoiler Alert) Joseph Smith is martyred. I can’t wait to read the next three.
I am so glad the church is making this new series. It is time we have an accurate, honest history of the Church and its beginning. There are several topics, such as polygamy that are brought out to the light. Many things were not perfect. They were all learning together, but they were doing their best. I am grateful for the many stories of faith, forgiveness, etc that are also shown throughout the book. This is a great book, but it is also has to be read with understanding and care or one could get offended or question their faith. This is a great book for teens and adults who want to understand the beginnings of the church better. I would recommend it to everyone.
I’m extremely disheartened to say that I did not love this book and found that, if anything, it shook my faith rather than bolstered it. I was not expecting that, as an incredibly active member who considers myself to be truly converted. The story is written in an engaging and easy to read format. I quite enjoyed it at first but I was increasingly upset as I read further and further- it just got weird and felt cult-like, to be frank. Stories about secret plural marriage and freemasonry and apostles fistfighting each other and so much apostasy and contempt among the First Presidency and Twelve, members [portrayed as] blindly following Joseph, if not being expected to... seems so different from the church I belong to today. I felt very much that I would have left the Church had I lived during those early days with so many things that made me squirm as I read. Sad to discover that learning more about Church history made me so uncomfortable.
Wow! This book was phenomenal!! I loved every single page. I really liked they added events like when plural marriage was introduced and the surrounding events. I feel like this really opens up the opportunity to learn about church history events that many people believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hid from its members. I don't believe that. I can't wait for volume 2!!
This book was very interesting. I learned so much! I was happy that the church choose to be so transparent about many things, like Joseph Smith practicing polygamy, etc and the reasons why it was practiced. I loved learning the stories of many of the new church members, I was surprised how many stories were new to me as a life-long member of the Church. This is a very large book that took me some time to get through, but now that I am done with it I want to go back and read it again to take in even more. I am very happy the church chose to publish this history, I am excited to read the future publications!
Been a member of the church for almost 30 years. I have read and studied much of church history. This particular book in no way feels edifying or uplifting to me.
Seems to me that this book focuses far more on those who fell away and caused problems than about those who stayed true and courageous. Sounds more like gossip than history.
I applaud efforts to discuss plural marriage and other difficult topics. However, discussing the prophet “secretly” instructing a woman that plural marriage was sanctified by God and having John Bennett seducing women by using very similar words in back to back chapters seems questionable to me. Are we trying to explain issues or cause more confusion?
Not sure I will read the remaining installments in this series.
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!