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I started this book immediately after I finished the last book and also during our family trip to visit Church historical sites in Ohio Book two ended at the Kirtland Temple dedication But I didn t remember much about the events that forced the Saints to leave Ohio This book was a great perspective of the Kirtland Safety Society and the conflict that arose around that time I enjoyed reading the history from a fictional perspective as it helped me to think about the lives of actual people who lived through these events It made itthan facts on a page. Years 1836 1838Includes Kirtland Temple dedication, Parley P Pratt s mission to Canada where a branch is organized where he meets and converts John Taylor and Joseph, Mary and Mercy Fielding This volume also covers the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society Anti Banking Company, major apostasy in the church including the excommunication of Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer all Three Witnesses , Heber C Kimball s and companions mission to England where another branch is organized , and the revelation on Adam Ondi Ahman The book ends with the apostates taking over the temple and the removal of the all faithful Saints from Kirtland to Far West, Missouri 533 pages, 2009 total 2766 Truth Will Prevail The Eagerly Awaited Third Volume In The Popular Series The Work And The Glory Continues The Gripping Story Of The Fictional Steed Family, A Family Acquainted With Joseph Smith And Caught Up In The Grand Events Associated With The Restoration Of The Church Of Jesus Christ To The Earth Covering The YearsTo , This Volume Finds The Steed Involved In Both Remarkable And Turbulent Events In Church History Nathan Accompanies Parley P Pratt On A Challenging Mission To Upper Canada Jessica, Joshua S Ex Wife, Feels Compelled To Return To Missouri, Where The Church Seeks A New Haven In An Area Known As Far West Meanwhile, Joshua Ever Restless And Ambitious, Yet Haunted By The Misdeeds Of His Past Travels To Savannah, Georgia, On Business And There Has Experiences That Will Dramatically Alter His Life Tensions Between Melissa And Her Nonmember Husband, Carl, Force Her To Make A Critical Decision A Growing Spirit Of Apostasy In Kirtland Threatens The Fledging Church, A Spirit From Which Even The Steed Family Is Not Immune In The Middle Of These Intense Days Of Rebellion And Disaffection In Kirtland, The Divine Call Comes To Open The Work In The First Mission Overseas England These And Other Important Happenings As Well As The Introduction Of Several New And Fascinating Characters Make This Volume Rich In Drama And Historical Detail As With The Previous Volumes In The Series, Readers Will Be Intrigued By Descriptions Of Actual, And Sometimes Little Known, Events In Church History And They Will Be Moved As The Author Portrays The True To Life Struggles, Heartaches, And Joys Of The Steed Family, Whose Lives Exemplify The Faith Expressed By Many Of The Early Saints That God S Purposes In These Latter Days His Truth And His Restored Church Will Ultimately Prevail Truth will Prevail by Gerald N Lund is a good book This book follows the lives of the fictional Steed family Nathan is sent on a mission with Parley P Pratt to upper Canada Jessica the former wife of Joshua Steed has live with the Steed family but wants to leave and go to Missouri Joshua is trying to start over his like by going to Savannah in Georgia to start a new business and finds something that will change his life forever The family is living with the saints and fighting any problems that may com their way I liked this book This book is the third book in the Work and the Glory series I have read the first and second and I thought they were okay They were not my favorite books Now that I am reading the third one I really like it I like that it follows one family and puts together a fun story I am not a huge fan of nonfiction books I believe that Gerald N Lund did a good job with his characters They feel so real HIs writing style is also very good When I read this book I feel like I am there and part of the steed family The details are really good too What they are wearing what they look like, and their emotions are In one part Joshua is very angry and is ready to punch Nathan It says that his chest is heaving and his whole body was trembling Nathan is just standing there waiting for the punch there was no fear in Nathan s eyes I love that description of what was happening. This book tackles the issue of how religion, especially the LDS faith, can be both a barrier and a bridge between families Lund spends a lot of time comparing the fictional characters Carl Rogers and Arthur Wilkinson, as well as Benjamin vs Joshua Steed I felt like a lot of Joshua s time in Savannah was extraneous, kind of like that side plot in a movie that just distracts from the main story line It did lead to an exciting ending But I wantedtime on actual Church History I loved learning about Parley P Pratt s mission to Canada and Heber C Kimball s mission to England The most powerful aspect of these books is the way they show you how events like the Kirtland Safety Society and Burgess treasure things we may gloss over in our studies affected real people who were going through personal challenges of their own I wish the author would have spenttime on the Word of Wisdom The way it was casually mentioned seems to perpetuate the myth that it was immediately and strictly accepted by all members I also wanted to knowabout men like Oliver Cowdery went from being faithful followers to disillusioned critics As with all of these books, it is a great starting point that made me want to learnabout Church History. I m learning some cool stuff about church history, but I still have many unanswered questions Perhaps someday I ll get around to studying something muchboring For right now I like the story aspect that makes this series fun. The United States of America is the country founded by seekers of freedom from oppressive governments But did you know the Mormon Church, born on April 6th, 1830 in New York State, was forced with violence from New York, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and ultimately west across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains because of their beliefs The governor of Missouri actually issued an official declaration that all Mormons were to be driven from the state or exterminated It has always been ironic to me that the first Mormons actually had to leave the United States the country founded on freedom and travel 1300 miles before they were able find a place where they could peacefully worship.This is the story found in the 9 volume series The Work and the Glory, by Gerald Lund.5600 pages exactly in 32 days That s what it took for me to read all 9 volumes of The Work and the Glory Along the way I kept promising a grand review of the entire series once I finished book 9 Now that I ve closed the cover on the last page of the last book, I feel a bit lost for words I want to share what I learned, how I felt, what I liked, what annoyed me, what brought on the happy tears, and what caused the sad tears I m quite certain no one wants to read a review as long as the series itself, but I m afraid that s what it s going to take.So how do I do this What do I say How do I squeeze all these thoughts and feelings into a book review I dunno Let s find out The Work and the Glory is historical fiction The historical part is thorough, accurate, well researched, and well documented The books chronicle the incredible, inspiring, often tragic, always miraculous, and to us Mormons deeply meaningful first 20 years of existence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Book one begins in 1827, just before Joseph Smith is to retrieve the Golden Plates that will become The Book of Mormon Book nine ends in 1847, a few months after Brigham Young leads 12,000 Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo, IL to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.The fiction part is engaging, well written, and breathes life into the historical events Through the eyes of the fictional but representative of the time Steed Family, we become first hand witnesses to all of the major events surrounding the Restoration as it s known within the Church The Steeds meet Joseph Smith shortly after moving to Palmyra, New York in 1927, and soon they find themselves involved with all the peoples, places, and events those familiar with the history of the LDS Church will quickly recognize Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdry, the Whitmer s, Brigham Young, Parly P Pratt, Herber C Kimball, Emma Smith, Hyrum Smith April 6th, 1830, the Grandin Press, the Sacred Grove, Hill Cumorah, the Kirtland Temple, Haun s Mill, Liberty Jail, the Nauvoo Temple, Carthage Jail Mission calls, the law of consecration, plural marriage, the Kirtland Safety Society, extermination order, martyrdom, the trek West, the Donnor Party, the Mormon Battalion Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, Far West, Nauvoo, Carthage, Winter Quarters, the Salt Lake Valley Conversion, apostasy, persecution, miracles, revelations, visitations, resilience, tragedy, joy, and finally, peace and rest The Steeds are part of it all For me, the best part of The Work and the Glory is the way becoming invested in the lives of the Steed Family makes history personal Now, instead of just knowing the facts surrounding a historical event, I have an idea of what it was like to actually be a part of that event What did it feel like to hear Joseph s testimony straight from his own mouth What was it like to be told to leave your lives in Palmyra and follow the Church to Kirtland Can I really imagine the terror of the hateful mobs driving us from every place we worked to start a new life How about the joy of being there when the Kirtland Temple was dedicated Cutting stone for the Nauvoo Temple What would I have thought on the great day of healing when Joseph rose from his sick bed of malaria and healed so many others who were sick What was it like to ride in a wagon across Iowa and Wyoming How did it feel to watch your children leave bloody footprints in the snow after being forced at gunpoint from Far West What about when Joseph was killed What did it feel like to witness Brigham Young suddenly look and sound like Joseph on that day in Nauvoo And on and on After all the trials, I feel like I caught a glimpse of their joy and relief to finally reach the Salt Lake Valley, where they would be out of reach of their enemies.I m a firm believer that the best books are the ones that make you feel, and there is a lot of feeling to be felt in reading The Work and the Glory.As literature, the books are engaging and well written but packed full of Mormon cheesiness The cheesiness wasn t too distracting for me, however, thanks to the strength of the characters I really cared about the Steeds and I loved watching their family grow through both sorrow and joy over the course of 20 years.It was also fun to read about my own pioneer ancestors as the Steeds even interacted with some of those that I am actually descended from.Mostly, I feel proud of my heritage The first members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints had the faith and courage to do and endure impossible things I feel steeled upthan ever before to carry on with the work they started and to live my life with as much faith and courage as I can find in myself I want them to look down on me from heaven and be proud that I am carrying on their legacy.See, now I m caught up in Mormon cheesiness But, what can I say It s how I feel after reading The Work and the Glory.I recommend these books to everyone, especially lovers of American History and members or friends of the LDS Church For non Mormons especially, I think reading a detailed history of the LDS church such as this would go a long way in helping you understand better what makes us tick.Happy Reading Dan This is my favorite one so far There was quite a bit of information in it from LDS church history that I had never heard before I found those parts fascinating It also gave me a greater appreciation for what these early members of the LDS church went through especially when people that had been members of this church started to persecute others of the same faith My favorite part of this story though was learningabout Joshua and learningof his life The ending was captivating and now I want to read start right into the next book in this series. Emma don t pick up that book my mom said as I reached for the book Is your homework done Is your bed made Did you clean your room She would quiz me like I was sitting on the wittness stand in court, before I could even pick up the book Because she knew that once I picked it up I wouldn t be doing anything unless I had to Once I started the first book of this series I couldn t wait to get my hands on the next This book covers early church history from the years 1836 to 1838 Altough the main charcters, the Steed family, of this book are fictional, the events and people they assoicate with are not Lund did an amazing job to entertwain the actual and fake things together Some of the things that happen to the Steeds are things that happen to real people, but the author writes it to fit the story That is why it is so nice that at the end of the book the author has notes about each chapter and about what really happened and to whom it happened This book starts out with the Steed family and most of the Saints living in Kirtland Ohio Many of the Saints are getting called on missions They open a mission in Canada and sends missionaries there to preach the gospel Many of the Canadians who joined the church came to Kirtland After awhile they send missionaries to England to start the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Many of the missionaries they send are those who joined the church in Canada When the Saints become persecuted in Kirtland the members are told to move to Far West Missouri Many left as soon as they could to get away from those who are totally against the church, and are out to murder the members Almost all the Saints are gone out of Kirtland and gathering together in Far West The flat dirtland out Far West quickly changes to a very large city in the matter of months In the first book of the series the Steeds are separted from there oldest son After eleven years of being apart from him The Steed family is reunited with their son and brother, when Joshua Steed and his wife learn that his family is in Far West, Joshua refuses to go and see them His wife, Caroline, feels totally different about it and takes their kids to go meet the family While she is there Joshua s brother, Nathan, goes to Independance to speak with his brother He convinces his brother to go back with him to Far West and there they are reunited with the family I have loved these series and loved to read the unquie way they author put this together This has been a great way for me to learn the history of my church and what they had to go through when they stood up for what they believed and knew for themselves was the truth I have enjoied reading these books, and would highly recomend them to anyone who. Sam HuffMrs WyckhuyseEnglish Language Arts 9February 2, 2017Book Review 5 The third book in the Work and the Glory series is one of the most fascinating and historical novels that I have ever read This 560 page book written by Gerald N Lund had me turning the pages late into the night The captivating description keeps you reading and the setting is amazing One of the many reasons the setting is so great is because every setting is a real place somewhere Kirtland as a town Kirtland as a place for Latter Day Saints Kirtland is a real place, believe it or not, and half the story takes place in it, which makes the story so much richer In this book, the Storm family is still recovering after Joshua leaves them and joins the Missouri mobs The Steed family makes their way to Kirtland along with the rest of the mormons and start to settle there But tensions rise in the church and many apostles start turning against each other Many people lose faith in Joseph Smith, and leave the church But that is only necessary for the trip to Rocky Mountains that only the faithful will be able to endure In this book, the apostles fight one another and almost tear the entire reason they are in Kirtland apart As if that isn t enough, Joshua and the mobs are trying to push out the mormonsthan ever One strong literary element in this book is the character that is shown by all of the Steed family Each individual person has their own personality, and you get to know them better and better throughout the story Nathan didn t flinch, did not so much as even blink He just stood his ground, awaiting the blow Joshua started the swing, but at the sight of those eyes, watching him without fear or anger, he pulled up As you can see, there is so muchto these characters than just names Each person learns and grows throughout the entire book series, and that is exactly what makes a good book I really like this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who has any questions about church history, or is even just mildly fascinated If you do read this book you will like it and know that you made a good selection.