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The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846

(Saints #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,232 ratings  ·  527 reviews
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 Jesu ...more
Kindle Edition, 1065 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Michael
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have several friends who have left the Church after learning about aspects of the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith, or the history of the Church that disturbed them. This book feels like an attempt to address those issues, and to be up front about them so that people aren’t blindsided by them later, or given the impression that the Church is trying to hide something.

Being a narrative history it was a quick and easy read, and I can see why it was done this way to make the information more avail
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Heath Workman
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As a former member of the LDS church who lost his faith largely over issues in LDS history, I find it interesting to put my finger on the pulse of how they are telling their story. So, I decided to read this book.

First off, the narrative style of this history book is engaging and very readable. The personal stories are inspiring and it was nice to see that the church is becoming more comfortable talking about things that have been, well, glossed over in the past. Some might say that they were hi
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Cory Howell
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading as someone who is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I found this book to be a very detailed account of the early years of the Latter-day Saints movement. As an official Church publication, I suppose one could make the argument that the book is biased in favor of the traditional narrative, but I don't think that really impacts negatively on the book's value as a historical work. There's a lot of fascinating history here, and it's told well, and extensively f ...more
Chad
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, lds-history, history
I am shamelessly proud of my Church and the great strides they have made in the publishing of Saints: The Standard of Truth. This is fantastic history and beautiful prose. I have always been an avid reader, my early encounters with Church history weren't positive: I remember reading excerpts from Our Heritage in Sunday School and finding it absolutely dry. Perhaps I have matured since then, and I do feel more invested in my Church and its history now. But I think part of that is finding Church h ...more
Linda Hart
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book...literally couldn't put it down. I shy away from history books, but Saints #1 is a captivating read despite being history. Written in a narrative / documentary style, it was quick, interesting, and compelling reading. It is a chronological compilation of carefully researched books, papers, and quotes from Joseph Smith and his contemporaries, giving us a rounded view of the gospel that doesn’t shy away from the more controversial moments in early church history. “...it does not go b ...more
Brad Hart
I just finished reading volume 1 of the church's new book "Saints." I know Mormon history has been a hot topic for many Latter-day Saints, so naturally this book has appeal. Let me first start off with...

THE GOOD:

-This book is, in my opinion, the very best general audience history that the church has ever published. It is far better than earlier works like "Our Heritage," "Marvelous Work and a Wonder," etc.

-The book is incredibly reader friendly and flows beautifully. I give high marks to whome
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Matthew
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joseph-smith
The most refreshing thing about the book "Saints" is that it does not hide the fact that the men and women of the early church were flawed individuals. Even though they had been called to some of the Lord's most important work, their human frailties and weaknesses came out over and over again. But this didn't stop them or the work. The repentant and humble were still allowed to be instruments in the hands of the Lord. And their struggle, is OUR struggle. Each of us is called to move the Lord's k ...more
Magila
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

I will admit to being very excited about this book when I first heard about it from an editor around a year ago. The editor is a very well-known and respected Latter-day Saint fiction author. When she described the scope and effort going into this book (series), I thought, awesome.

Saints should be read by every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like Jesus the Christ. Given the dense previous records of church history and how it stops before the global expansion, this
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Derek Pando
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most engaging LDS church history book I've read, does not skirt the more controversial parts of the history, while being still faith building.
Devan Jensen
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth, 1815–1846. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018. 699 pp., $5.75 print, $1.99 digital.

Short version: The book is very readable, with stories and accurate dialogue to share deep emotions felt during intense times of crisis. The book includes valuable female perspectives (both old and young). It is intimate, referring to Joseph and Emma Smith by first name.
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Charissa
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the years listed in the title. It goes through Joseph Smith’s life, and how he came to be confused and prayed about which church to join. It describes God, the Father’s and Jesus Christ’s visitation to him to tell him not to join any of the churches of that day. The truth was not on the earth. It needed to be restored. And so it was. This book shows the history from that time forward 30 years from the restoration ...more
Melissa
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot about this time period. I also had many good feelings. So much we just cant comprehend about this time period. I'm so glad I read this.
Deb
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Lisa
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many stories in this book of church history were familiar to me, and I give credit for that to Gerald Lund’s The Work and the Glory series (which is a favorite series of mine and which I’ve been rereading again this year). There were many other stories I hadn’t heard before, though, so this first volume was an interesting look into church history. The first Saints experienced innumerable trials and hardships. I wonder if I would’ve been as faithful as they were had I experienced what they did. S ...more
Jennie
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great history of the Church, well documented, but so many people's stories intertwined it's a little difficult to follow a specific story. Also many stories are terribly abbreviated which I'm sure is due to the massive size of the work necessitating leaving out some clarifying or simply interesting details. I highly recommend the book for gaining a better understanding of the Prophet Joseph Smith's time. It's a highly readable book.
Samcwright
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Over the last decade, hundreds of new books have been written that shed new light on polygamy, the priesthood ban, the nature of translation and revelation, the participation of women, the development of the priesthood, and many other topics in the development of The Church of Jesus Christ. While not an in-depth analysis on any one of those topics (since that’s not the intent of the book), Saints does an incredible job of honestly presenting and summarizing information on the entire restoration ...more
Cary
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually give books with a cliffhanger one less star... so there you have it! Ha ha ... I understand there are to be 4 volumes. I happened to get an advanced copy of volume 1 in pdf form. I really enjoyed this narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There was lots of material that I had never heard before and I hadn’t considered myself completely ignorant of Church history. The narrative was well done and had me feeling the poignant emotional road of the founder, p ...more
Erik
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very interesting and informative read. I listened to the audio of the book available for free through the Gospel Library app. I am a lifelong active member of the church who has studied church history, so I was familiar with the overall history, and very familiar with many of the incidents covered. However, there was still information that was new to me, and added details to familiar stories.

I enjoy reading history that is written in a narrative style like this book, and I l
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Katie Robinson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Saints" was a great foundational history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love how it was written in an easy to read/listen to narrative form. My favorite aspect was learning more about everyone involved, the "regular" individuals included. They weren't perfect, but they went about their daily lives trying to do right. They overcame significant challenges and accomplished many great things along the way.
Matt Sutherland
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked it quite a bit. Very easy to read and the narrative is entertaining. It seemed like a fair view of the history of the Saints, but always from a believer's perspective.

Compared to Rough Stone Rolling, it is less dense and more digestible. It gives less insight insight to the critics' point of view, but it does feel like it has a greater emphasis on historical transparency than most other church history books you'd read.

As a devout follower, I found it affirming my beliefs that Joseph ac
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Kathy
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Very interesting narrative history. Many stories I was already familiar with plus so many others I had never heard. Fascinating but I felt like much of it barely skimmes the surface of too many of the stories and I want to know more.
Conner Wilson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legitimately couldn’t put it down. This is a simple yet phenomenal resource for any Latter-Day Saint or anyone interested in reading a more fully fleshed out account of the early period of Joseph Smith’s life and the beliefs of the Mormon church. It’s a compilation of carefully researched books, papers, and quotes from Joseph Smith and his contemporaries, giving us a rounded view of the gospel that doesn’t shy away from the more controversial moments in early church history. It taught me a few f ...more
Graham Bradley
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
At times thorough and detailed, and other times an exercise in skimming, I found this to be an enlightening and informative volume that works well as a primer for more exhaustive works on early Church history (e.g. Bushman, which is on my shelf.) Contrary to many of the negative reviews I saw heading into it, it touches on the practice of plural marriage much more than I expected, while still keeping a broad focus on the challenges and achievements of the early-1800s Saints.
Carol
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of four books written to discuss the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This first book was so very well done. My husband and I both are reading and/or listening to it and we are enjoying it so very much, and are having really good discussions with this first book.

In 1820, a young Farm Boy in search of truth had 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
...more
Cathy
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in history. I love reading books that are about real people. What they think, what they do, why they do what they do. It’s all interesting.

I haven’t made it a big secret that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And the history of that has always interested me as well. But…I love reading fiction. Non-fiction books can be really hard for me to read. I don’t feel like I read them quickly and sometimes I get bored with
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Lisa
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is an easy read. I love this book because I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love reading about our history and the testimonies of those who gave so much more than I ever had to keep their testimonies. I felt that it touched on some of the issues many people condemn the church for or Joseph Smith. I think they did a great job of discussing and pointing out the truths without being disrespectful or causing pain and hurt. I did have points that I wanted ...more
Paul
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This was an amazing chronicle of the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's not scripture and it's not really a complete history, but rather it's a condensed narrative. I had already known 95% of the stories in here, but to have them all in the same place was fascinating to read. My overall impression is that the Restoration of Jesus Christ's church on earth was not neatly accomplished in a single, easy moment. It was a ragged, sprawling, arduous, step-by-step preparin ...more
Jeff
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really well done, engaging and readable history. I'm an LDS history buff, and there were still things I didn't know! It's long, but it doesn't seem long because of the short chapters and engaging, interesting style (they end chapters on "cliffhangers").
Stacey
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this and it did not disappoint. It was fascinating, intriguing, and brutally honest. I'm not going to lie. Some of it was uncomfortable, but I'm so glad that the church is making the effort to be more transparent. And I'm so grateful to imperfect men and women who had such great faith in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Melissa
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to everyone. Just so they know the history. It is very well writen. I couldn't put it down.
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