Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days: The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sep 4, 2018 - Religion - 1683 pages

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 organizes 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, 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 69:8). 


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This novel provides a deeper look into the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while truly allowing your testimony of Jesus Christ to grow flourish. It includes countless experiences of ordinary people who truly saw miracles in their lives because of Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel. I found that reading it not only compelled me to learn more about my own ancestry within the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but it also inspired me to want to strengthen the current relationships I have with my family members. Most importantly, it helped me to see the hand of God in my daily life. If you are looking for a way to deepen your faith in God, this book if definitely for you. 

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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.  


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