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Thy Gold to Refine (The Work and the Glory #4)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 600 pages
Published June 14th 2006 by Deseret Book Company (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jun 12, 2009 Sierra rated it it was amazing
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 a ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
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 lov
Mar 11, 2008 Kari rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 19, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Eden S.
Jan 15, 2017 Eden S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He does a wonderful job of weaving the real historical characters with the fictional ones and telling the story of the Saints. This one was hard to read because it involved Haun's Mill and those terrible days in Missouri, but he did an excellent job in telling.
07mckenna M
Oct 24, 2012 07mckenna M rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those seeking some truth about mormons but everyone should read it!! it's truley amazing
McKenna Munson Period 7
The 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 are
Nathen 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
Oct 11, 2016 Makenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The threat of missouris militia
Teresa Harding
Dec 30, 2016 Teresa Harding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it
This volume covers less than 9 months- July 1838-March 1839

The 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 c
Jul 18, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mason Campbell
May 10, 2013 Mason Campbell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
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 and
friendship. 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 sev
Rachael Baggett
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 Libe ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Rebekah rated it liked it
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 in
Apr 08, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it
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 wo ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Camille rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Amie rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 23, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
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' ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Celeste rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys historical fiction
Recommended to Celeste by: roommate at BYU
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Michelle Christensen
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 ...more
Kerri Simpson
Jul 20, 2014 Kerri Simpson rated it really liked it
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 journe ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Audri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Church History lovers
Even though it took me a total of like 3 or 4 years to finish reading, due to it be a fictional story based on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, once I picked it up again, started reading again where I left off, and finally finishing it up, I found that it was a rather enjoyable book. I plan to start the next book as soon as it becomes available to me. Its a great book for those who absolutely love church history.
Nola Redd
Sep 18, 2015 Nola Redd rated it really liked it
As my daughter put it, The Work and the Glory is some of the few good Mormon books in print today. Good characters, good story line, and good job at foot noting the historical events. Yes, it is written to tug at your heartstrings a bit, but still a good way to learn church history, not to mention American history. After all, it's not widely distributed that it was legal to 'exterminate' Mormons in Missouri until 1976, thanks to a governor's order....
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
Really, I don't think there are words proper to describe ANY of the books in this series. But, I'll give it a shot.

This book was absolutely incredible. The characters were phenomenal. So believable, engrossing, and heart-breakingly realistic. Gerald N. Lund weaves history and fiction into a seamless masterpiece that truly brings to light the horrific events surrounding the Mormon (LDS) extermination from Missouri.
I was able to force myself to read through the first 6 books, the original length of the set. There were only 2 interesting characters - Will and Joshua. Everyone else was cardboard, two dimensional and entirely predictable. Very interesting to those who love reading about the early days of the Mormon Church and some of the harrowing events that happened to them as long as you don't care about characterizations or plot lines.
John Salazar
Mar 29, 2012 John Salazar rated it it was amazing
Another excellent volume of the Work and Glory. By reading these types of historical novels it helps to put me in that time and those places. I feel the pain and stress the early saints endure during the persecution from Missurians and others. We have come a long way but still have many rough roads to travel. My prayers and thanks go to those who gave their lives, time, talent in restoring the Church.
Sep 14, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it really was incredible how strong the Mormons were while they were being persecuted. At the Haun's mill massacre there were a lot of women that lost their husbands. In Far West all of the Men were arrested for a time and that left the women and children alone not knowing what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed how Joshua Steed stuck up for the Mormons against the militia even though he doesn't believe in the church.
Tanya W
Apr 25, 2010 Tanya W rated it it was amazing
Same review for all nine books (which I read in the years 1999 and 2000). I really enjoyed this series of historical fiction which tells the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author does a great job of creating a fictional family who knows everyone. This allows the history to be told in a way that can be more interesting than a history book, while preserving historical information.
Deane Jacobs
Oct 24, 2010 Deane Jacobs rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Gerald N. Lund's "The Work and the Glory" Books and I just couldn't put them down once I started to read them. The where the best books I have ever read and I am not a person that reads a lot. But when I start, just don't bother me and then there are times when I don't read for a very long time. Books have to be exciting for me to read them and the Lund Series was the Best Ever. DJ
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Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fi ...more
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