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"The Lord said he would raise up a pure people. For what, Benjamin? Why does the Lord need a pure people?"Benjamin stared into Joseph's steady gaze for several seconds, then understanding came with absolute clarity. "Because there is yet work to be done," he said in awe.Joseph laughed softly. "That is exactly what I concluded. There is still much to be done. We have to est"The Lord said he would raise up a pure people. For what, Benjamin? Why does the Lord need a pure people?"Benjamin stared into Joseph's steady gaze for several seconds, then understanding came with absolute clarity. "Because there is yet work to be done," he said in awe.Joseph laughed softly. "That is exactly what I concluded. There is still much to be done. We have to establish the kingdom of God on the earth so that the kingdom of heaven may come. That takes men and women who have iron faith and steel in their commitment to the Lord." He put both hands on Benjamin's shoulders. "And if the Lord has to take us through the fires to find enough metal to do the job, then I say, let the fires begin. I, for one, am ready."In Thy Gold to Refine, volume 4 in the series The Work and the Glory, the story of the fictional Steed family enters one of the stormiest and yet most inspiring periods in Church history.Picking up where Volume 3 left off in the summer of 1838, this book finds the Steeds, (all but daughter Melissa and her family) happily reunited in Far West, Missouri, only to be thrown into a maelstrom of intense and tragic events: the election-day battle at Gallatin; the siege of DeWitt; the Battle of Crooked River; the issuing of Governor Bogg's extermination order; the Haun's Mill massacre; the fall of Far West; the incarceration of the Prophet Joseph Smith; and the expulsion from Missouri. Characters whom readers have come to know and love from previous volumes return here, including Joshua Steed, who, although reconciled to his family now, finds that his commission in the Missouri state militia forces him to be alighted with those opposing the Mormons.Once again author Gerald Lund skillfully recreates dramatic scenes from Latter-day Saint history, transporting readers back in time to witness soul-stirring events and to meet unforgettable people. Readers of The Work and the Glory may well find that this new volume — with its powerful account of endurance and faith refined by the fires of affliction &is the most engaging and moving installment in the series so far....

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  • Sierra
    2019-02-26 04:42

    Although this book showed me a harsh reality that I wasn't prepared or particulary enjoyed reading about, I still have to give the book five stars. I have often heard of the persucution the early saints endured, and have even heard of some of the stories that were re-told in this book. But this time reading it was a completely different experice. I now feel more connected to the events because of reading about the prior books, and some of the scenes and situations depicted were so hard to read about, and even harder to realize that most of the events were very true.I love how the author switches who is narrating throughout the book. I appreciated in this book more than in the previous ones. To see the different views of each character, and then ultimately see how in the end no matter how different their views are and may stay, they work together. It really shows true love!These books are truly incredible because they show you the faith, strength, and love that these choice people had during the times when they were facing so much persecution. After I finished reading the book, I was left with a strong urge to do more and do complain less. And any book that leaves you with enough emotion to change your habits and attitudes definately deserves a 5 star on my list. I highly recommend it and I am exited to read the next one!

  • Lizzie Jones
    2019-03-23 09:37

    This one made me really teary (a rarity for me while reading) two times during the account of what happened at Haun's Mill. It is so devastating to realize how awful things were for the early saints. Seeing the faith and goodness of the Smith family, Brigham Young, John Taylor, and so many others is just inspiring. Seeing the hated directed at the saints is just so disheartening.I'm really glad I'm reading this series- it is really reminding me of my love for Joseph Smith. Knowing my ancestors were in the middle of all of these stories is just unreal.

  • Monica
    2019-03-23 08:39

    This book was definitely the darkest in the series so far, but not surprising as it recounts some of the most horrible scenes in early Church history, including the persecution against the saints in Misourri and the horrible massacre at Haun's Mill. A good portion of this book left me feeling quite depressed, especially knowing it's all based on true accounts. Some scenes were very graphic for my taste, but perhaps necessarily so. I am grateful for the perspective this series is giving me. It is always beneficial for me to study church history, particularly to help me increase in gratitude. This book had a lasting impact on me in that regard. One segment was especially touching to me; I wept as I read of the frequency of babies lost to pneumonia, having just returned a few days prior from a hospital stay with my own little one suffering from pneumonia. Had we lived just a century earlier, my son likely would not have lived. I loved re-reading the account of Amanda Smith's healing of her son's shattered hip socket (a true story) and the inspiration she received as to how to heal and repair it. So inspiring. My heart fills with gratitude for the pioneers' sacrifice and their faith. Not my favorite book because of the bleakness, but necessary to truly appreciate the full story of the saints' experience.

  • Megan H. 6 Harris
    2019-03-19 09:41

    Thy Gold to Refine written by Gerald N. Lund is a great book. The Steed family has moved out to the Far west, except for Melissa and her family, and they are all united again. But when things look good there is always trouble around the corner for the Mormons. Governor Boggs sends out an extermination order for the Mormons. The state militia is called to come and carry out Boggs's order. Joshua is in the militia and does not know what to do. And the Mormons, where will they go. I like this book a lot. It has the excitement I want from every book I read. This is the fourth book in The Work and the Glory series and they just keep getting better and better. They do get bigger too. I am not a huge fan of big books but they are worth reading. There is nothing in this book that is slow or unnecessary. Every detail in this book is needed to make this book what it is. I like the way that Gerald made the perspective of the story. It is inside everyone. You now what they are thinking or what they are feeling. This book shows the love of a family living together and sticking together no matter what happens. This book make me feel part of the family. All of the books made me feel that way. This is an amazing book. The theme for this book is “Always have faith”.

  • Allyson
    2019-02-24 12:38

    I was somewhat resistant to the idea of reading these books - I didn't take the time to really see what they were all about, I just assumed that since they seemed so 'trendy' at the time, they would probably be 'light' reading or even 'corny.' I was SO wrong... and I'm SO glad that I realized that if my mom was enjoying them so much and recommending them to me, they must be worthwhile.This series, along with the Kent Family Chronicles (by John Jakes, about the United States), made me fall in love with historical fiction. In this case, it was not only my knowledge of Church history events that was increased, but my understanding of those events. When I read about all of the people and events in story form, chronological order, and in a cultural and historical context, I felt that I had a much clearer 'big picture' than ever before. Reading this series was such a wonderful way to increase both my knowledge of the Church and my testimony of the gospel.

  • Camille
    2019-03-06 09:54

    This one was very hard to read. I love my country but am finding myself feeling a little angry as July 4th is just around the corner. How could American citizens treat their fellow countrymen in such a manner? The pure evil nature of the mobs related in this book, with the full blessing of their government leaders who are supposed to uphold the rights of all of its citizens, is appalling to me. Let us hope we will not be faced with such evil again for a long time. You can see the father of lies and hate hard at work trying to stop the important work the early saints were starting. I'm very grateful to those who would not deny their faith to escape such horror.

  • Kari
    2019-02-27 07:39

    This was such a great book, it contained a lot of history in it. I really enjoyed how the author brought this other family to life in those hard times.

  • Ashtynne Degroff
    2019-03-18 10:37

    Book 15 In the beginning of this book, Mary Ann woke up early and she was looking at the sunrise. Then, Rebecca gets married and she moves away. Next, Joseph gets captured and is put into jail. After that, Joshua gets shot!!The biggest thing that happened was that the Steed family figure out that Joshua is still alive. Then they go and get Joshua. And then they get back. Finally, most of the Steed family is reunited again.Some figures of speech that I found include some Simile's: "She's as lovely as a flower" (page 78). This is when Matthew first met Jenny for the first time when he went to get Joshua. "He's as strong as a lion" (page 106). This was when the Steeds were building a barn and the girls were watching as they were putting it up. Next comes Metaphors. "They are wild beasts" (page 245). This was when the Di-Ahman attack was going on and the men were acting like wild beasts. "He's the devil" (page 337). This was when the order went out to exterminate all of the Mormons and take the leaders to jail. Lastly, we have the alliteration. "The saints suffered sufficiently" (page 345). This was when the Mormons fell apart because all the leaders were in jail.I really liked how much information and truth was given. I also enjoyed how there was always things to keep me on my toes. I didn't really like all of the killing! I also didn't like how sad this book made me feel! But, this DEFINITELY gets a five-star rating. I would recommend this to everyone who likes adventure and excitement!

  • Dan
    2019-03-20 08:00

    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 up more than 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

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-17 12:38

    The fictional Steed family parts are so cheesy and fake to me. I only keep reading this series because the history in it comes alive for me. I found such fascination with the background behind the extermination order (lies from both sides, and nobody double checking facts), the Haun's Mill Massacre (follow the prophet people!), the exodus out of Missouri, and what the mobs did while Joseph was in liberty jail. Definitely a trying time for the saints, and this book made their sacrifice more meaningful to me.

  • Rachelle
    2019-03-04 12:57

    I really enjoyed this book. This book laid out in detail the suffering and persecution that early members of the Mormon church faced. It was sad to read of all the terrible events. I feel that this historical fiction type of style is teaching me a lot about the history of the Mormon church. I am learning more than I have ever learned before and I really enjoy having a greater understanding of many of these events.

  • Becky
    2019-02-25 13:05

    This was an awful book to read, the tragedies and injustices the Mormons faced at Hahn's mill and elsewhere have never been more real to me. It makes me want to be a better Mormon to honor what these people went through. I knew most of these stories, but they were sterile and cold to me before. Now I have a new perspective and I'm struggling with hate for the Missourians who acted so abominably, and with the full backing of that slime ball, Governor Boggs. This is a shameful part of America's past that has been mostly ignored by the history books. In fact, if you're not a member of the Church, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Google Hahn's Mill Massacre, or better yet, read this accounting. It's hard to read about, but important.Despite the horrors, there are many moments of light throughout the book. I enjoyed meeting Matthew's love and the beginning of Will's story reminded me of The Son of Tarzan, I can't wait to see how that plays out.

  • Susan
    2019-03-22 07:07

    Well written history in story form. It delves into the past in an enlightening way.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-12 10:53

    Book 4 of the series was my favorite when I was a kid. It is full of action and plot. It did not disappoint on the reread.

  • 07mckenna M
    2019-03-19 06:45

    McKenna Munson Period 7The main issue in this story is the struggles The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints had to edure in finding a place to peacfully live.The setting in this book is in the mid 1800s in Far West, Hauns Mill,and Adom-ahn-diamon Missuri Some of the main charectors in this story areNathen Steed: Second oldest son of Mary Anne and Ben Steed and younger brother of Joshua steed he is married to Lydia McBride Steed they have 4 children. Nathen is a hard worker and he is a very faithful member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter day saints and must edure the hard ships the Missurians give them he is a very wonderful person.Lydia Steed: Wife of Nathen Steed she is and only child of Hannah and Josiah Micbride whom she was cut off from when she married Nathen she is also a very faithfull member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints she has to edure the mobbing of Far West alone because Nathen had to flee because they were arresting all the men.Little Joshua Steed: oldest son of Lydia and Nathen he is named after his uncle JoshuaEmily Steed: oldest girl of Lydia and NathenLittle Nathen Steed: youngest boy (so far) of Nathen and Lydia Steed Elizabeth Mary Steed: youngest girl of Nathen and Lydia SteedJessica Roundy Steed Griffith: former wife of Joshua steed but present wife of John Griffith and mother of Rachel Steed Griffith and step mother of John Griffiths 4 boys she had to endure the hardships of Hauns Mill she and her family are all memmbers of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day SaintsJohn Griffith: Was one of the many killed in the Haun Mills mobbing he is a widower of his first wife whom he had 4 children with then he remaried to JessicaRachel Steed Griffith: Joshua and Jessicas only child togetherJoshua Steed: oldest child of Mary Ann and Ben Steed and the only member of the family that does not belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he was married to Jessica but is now married to Cariline Mendenhall Steed he had 1 birth child with Cariline, Savanah but has 2 step children Will and Olivia he saves his family in 2 instances in this book Joshua ends up paralized in his left leg in this book.Cariline Mendenhall Steed: Wife of Joshua Steed and widow of Mr.Mendenhal ( it does not mention his name in this volume)and had 2 children with him she married Joshua in volume 3 when she is told Joshua is dead she was mobbed and had to leave to other parts of Mousori and Georgia.Will Mendenhal Steed: Oldest of Caroline Mendenhal Steed and step son of Joshua Will sets out to find his step fathers killer because he is unaware that his father is not dead he ends up being kiddnapped.Olivia Mendenhal Steed: oldest daughter of Caroline Mendenhal SteedSavanah Steed: youngest of Caroline and JoshuaMellissa Steed Rogers: the oldest daughter of Mary Ann and Ben she is married to Carolton Rogers and has 4 children none of which play an important part of this volume she is and inactive member of the church Carlton Rogers: husband of Mellissa he also saves the Steeds 1 time in this volumeMathew Steed: youngest of Mary Ann and Ben he is the only son of Mary Ann and Ben he plays an important role getting the Steeds to safteyRebbeca Steed Ingalls: youngest daughter of Mary Ann and Ben she is married to Derek Ingalls who moved to Missouri from England Derek Ingalls: He and his brother Peter are orphans he moved to Missori with his brother because they couldn't live in england because of discrimination of the church he met Rebbeca and they end up marriedPeter Ingalls: Brother of Derek and also and orphan plays an important role and saves the Steed women from a mobbMary Ann Steed: Mother and grandmother of all the Steeds she keeps everyone strong in the hard timesBenjaman Steed: Father or Grandfather to all the Steeds he gets deathly ill in this Volume and almost dies because he had to go to jail because of his belifes.Joseph Smith: Prophet of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints at this time period and he also has to go to jail because of his belifesEmma Smith: Prophets wife and an essential leader in these times I LOVED this book for the feeling I got when I read this book I felt anxious to read and even though it was history there was something that made it so I couldn't put it down.the quote I picked was "If God Commands it should be done then DO IT" The theme for the book I found was if you love something people say you can't have fight for it anyway.I recommend this book to anyone searching for inspiration.McKenna MunsonPeriod 7

  • Dana Bolen
    2019-03-13 08:03

    This riveting book contains true accounts maltreatment perpetrated upon the Mormons by the Missourians. Mormons were victims of mobs, massacres, plundering, gang rapes, and corruption of local and state government officials. I appreciate how the author makes clear (in the notes at the end of each chapter) which parts of the chapter were accurate and which were imagined by himself.

  • Tobreth Hansen
    2019-02-21 10:41

    Lot of crying for me in this one.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-03-02 07:38

    Thankfully someone told the narrator about all of his mispronunciations, because he said them correctly in this book. I think this was a well-done account of many of the trials the Saints endured during the last couple of years in Missouri. I kept referring to my Church History manual about some of the events and it was nice to have this "refresher course." And I thought the make-believe of Haun's Mill did well in connecting with what was factual and what may very well have been like.As for the fictional characters and storyline(s): (view spoiler)[Glad the family stayed reconciled, even with the little "tiff" later on. Very glad Joshua did not die, for though I really didn't like him in the first books, somehow I just couldn't bear for him to die. I was even more grateful that Matthew didn't die. I had suspicions he would be the family member lost in this book, but once he struck up a friendship with Brigham Young, I figured he was "safe" (since I guess some Stead family member has to be close to BY for when he takes leadership of the Church!). And I ended up not being surprised by which family member was killed off, because they were the one least dealt with at all--always a background figure. (hide spoiler)]What I didn't like (a portion of it anyhow): Aside from the narration, for I think you've got my opinions on that if you've read the other reviews, I am definitely having problems with the writing style. He is beginning to repeat himself. Or sometimes re-explain events, which is helpful if those events took place in another book, but not if they were just a couple of chapters before. All of the family connections to others happen quickly, deeply, and adoringly. It only takes a few days for any new character to be immediately in love with Stead family members (and vice versa). And it is so obvious and nauseating about intended romantic connections, and how all the others react/encourage them. Not to mention that they are described in pretty much the same way for EVERY relationship. *gag!*(view spoiler)[And what was with the long-drawn out hunt for Caroline and her family? It was a plotline I just didn't care for. I mean, I liked seeing Joshua and Nathan working together. And(hide spoiler)]though some parts seemed to skip ahead quickly, the whole thing still felt like it dragged out. And with Will not being there at the final family reunion, I'm sure there will be a huge deal made in the upcoming book(s) about how the family STILL hasn't all been together in SOOOOOO long.I think I'll stop there. Overall, I still don't think it's fabulous literature. But I'm invested in the family and intrigued to see not only what happens to them, but how their lives are tied up with early Church History events (which I already love).

  • S.T. Sanchez
    2019-03-10 10:40

    Great series, you get a lot of church history in a compelling story that you wont want to put down!

  • Ashley
    2019-03-06 09:52

    This volume covers less than 9 months- July 1838-March 1839The title “Thy Gold to Refine” essentially describes the whole novel. The Saints are living in (and nearby) Far West Missouri at the time. They lay cornerstones to a temple there in July and plan to start standing up for their rights against the angry and inhospitable Missourians from Jackson and surrounding counties. By October, the Missourians had begun to attack smaller Mormon settlements outside of Far West. Joseph Smith sent out a call, saying it came by word of the Lord, for the Saints to gather from the smaller settlements into Far West. Few headed the call at first, but as things began to get worse, many families were forced to leave everything they had and find shelter in Far West. Also in October, the last of the Saints (the ones that were too poor to make the journey on their own earlier) from Kirtland made it to Far West. This novel includes the apostatizing of many more of the Saints, including Thomas B Marsh, the first counselor in the First Presidency and Sampson Arvard, who had set up a secret society in the church called the Danites. Through the help of the apostates’ false testimonies, the Missourians filed charges against the main leadership of the church. The novel includes accounts of the Battle on Crooked River, the extermination order issued by Governor Boggs, the Hahn’s Mill Massacre (which happened because of Jacob Hahn’s refusal to congregate in Far West after being personally beseeched by Joseph Smith) and the treachery of Colonel Hinkle which ended in the arrests of the leadership of the church. The Missourians forced the Saints to surrender their weapons, arrested the men who had been involved in the Battle of Crooked River, and then set the Missourians loose to ravage the city (while the women and children were alone). Joseph Smith, along with Parley P Pratt and Signey Rigdon (and others) were sent from prison to prison, finally ending up in Liberty Jail. Around February, the Saints began to make their journey out of Missouri into Illinois. The Mississippi river actually froze all the way across, and Emma, along with the manuscripts of Joseph’s translation of the Bible under her skirt, walked across the frozen river on foot. The book ends with most of the Saints evacuated from Missouri and making their home in Quincy, Illinois.605 pages. 2009 total: 3371

  • Mason Campbell
    2019-03-21 07:59

    This book is about the Steed family. They relocate to New York (upstate), from their home in Vermont. They are a very close knit family and a very religious family. This is the their story of moving and finding Religion. It is about religious persecution, going through trials, overcoming those trials, family andfriendship. In this story two brothers fall in love with the same lady. This tears them apart and a rival relationship begins. This with the Steeds introduction to Mormon religion and several of the Steeds wanting to convert, makes for a pot of frustrations and a gripping story.I felt like the book was much more detailed than the movie. The movie only had time to show brieflythe relationships between the family members. The book told more about the Mormon religion andand had more detail about describing the villages and homes and attire.I would highly recommend this book to anyone, although the reading may be best for readers 14 and older. I did like the author’s writing style. The author did pay careful attention to great detail which helped me to image the scenes much more easily than other books I have read. I would recommend this book to anyone of any religion, because it is more than just a religious book. It is story aboutfamily and friends and overcoming trails.

  • Rachael Baggett
    2019-03-15 09:03

    This is definitely one of the hardest books in the series to read because of all of the challenges the early members of the church faced in Missouri. Lund doesn't not try to soften any of it. While it was extremely painful to read some of the chapters, I was grateful for the great care Lund took in sharing such a difficult period of the church's history. (**As I mentioned earlier, it's been years since I read this series. For some reason I thought that Lund would spend more time focusing on Liberty jail and all that happened there. Maybe in the next book?) I had forgotten how challenging it was to take care of all of the converts who had moved to Missouri and how difficult it was to accommodate the impoverished families and individuals both in Far West, and then on their exodus to Nauvoo, Illinois.

  • Rebekah
    2019-02-27 11:59

    A step up from the last two. Admittedly, some of the details were too gory for me...I actually thought I was going to pass out at one point while reading. It's amazing to begin to understand what the early Saints had to endure, and to question how their faith was that strong.I also enjoyed the side story of Will's revenge, which I guess shows how much I enjoy the fictional side of these books.That being said, it still took me about six weeks to get through it. These books just don't hold much interest for me. Also, I don't want to be one of those people who's always focused on injustices of the past. As important as it is to remember what the Saints went through to set up the Church that we have today, we also need to be moving forward. All too often I feel like these books are pointing fingers at others and putting the focus on our little Mormon pity party.

  • Dan
    2019-03-09 06:50

    This novel covers a very difficult and dark time in the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have to admit, I got really mad at several points due to the horrible injustices, depravities, and cruelties committed against the Saints. But I realize that each one of us must go through trials and difficult times which are personalized for each person. Even Christ suffered horrible cruelties and infinitely so. I realized that He atoned for each horrible act and that only He could judge those who commit them, so it was not my place to get angry and desire to exact revenge. Through listening to this series, I've also grown in my desire to learn about my own ancestors who lived through these times. I want to know their stories and their testimonies.

  • Cordell
    2019-03-08 06:49

    This entire series is wonderful. It takes a fictional family and places them in the middle of the story of the Mormons (the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and moves them through the early history of the LDS Church tell the story of the growth of the church as well as the growth of the Steed Family. I learned a lot and it put a lot of things into context for me as well. For example after reading several books one of the members of the Steed Family who was Wealthy bought a new and wonderful invention that simplified his life. Matches! And he was proud to have them because they were just invented. That means that all of the histroy prior to that time included firemaking WITHOUT Matches. It put some life into all of the history prior to that point for me.

  • Amie
    2019-03-19 07:07

    This fourth book is one of the best out of the whole series. The poor Saints and Steed family go through horrendous things during this time period; they suffer much. It's in this book that we learn about Governor Boggs' extermination order of the Mormons as well as Far West, and the Haun's Mill massacre. On the up side, Joshua is reunited with his family. Though there are tough things to get through in this chapter, it is exceedingly well written and probably my favorite out of all of them.

  • Angie
    2019-02-24 12:57

    This is the way a historical novel should go: cover a short period of time and integrate events with plenty of fictional stuff. This book also covers a very dramatic time in church history, so there was just a lot more opportunity for interesting stuff. I enjoyed this book a lot more because it felt more like a story, not just a documentary of church history. The writing was better as well, not quite so cheesy and repetitive. And it ends with another wonderful, cheesy family reunion, so you can't complain about that.

  • Celeste
    2019-03-02 08:46

    I finally found a way to read this series that I have owned for over a year. BEDREST!I found this book to be the most interesting of the series so far. I too enjoyed the historical setting and the wonderful way the author has painted the picture. I did get a bit annoyed with the Steed family. I was also shocked at the incidents that occured in Far West and the grotesque behavior at Haun's Mill. The treatment of serving flesh to the prisoners was enough to make my stomach turn. I enjoyed reading this book more for the events then for the family, but lets see how the next volume goes.

  • Michelle Christensen
    2019-03-19 11:48

    Better than I remembered. I picked this book up in the middle of the series because as a family we are going to Missouri and Nauvoo this summer. I want to refresh the Church history in those two places. This is an excellent book dealing with Church history and making it feel more real. I'm not so fond of his style of writing, but I found it much better than in the Kingdom and Crown series. Perhaps that's because I was reading this book for a different purpose. I wanted the details that sometimes felt like a Sunday School lesson in the other series.

  • Kerri Simpson
    2019-02-28 12:01

    The tension is building between the mob and the saints in Misouri. I had read these books a couple of times and I still love them even the ones that are rougher to read. He does a superb job of weaving a fictional family into real history of the church. I love the Steed family all of them even the extended family as they grow. The events in this book its touching and sad. Id still recomend it as a book worth reading. I love them so much I had to read again about the steed family and their journey through church history.