The Standard of Truth (Saints, #1) by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Standard of Truth (Saints, #1)

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 traditi...

Details The Standard of Truth (Saints, #1)

TitleThe Standard of Truth (Saints, #1)
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
GenreReligion, History, Christianity, Lds, Nonfiction, Historical, Church

Reviews The Standard of Truth (Saints, #1)

  • Devan Jensen
    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 first-person accounts that share deep emotions felt during intense times of crisis. The book includes many, many female perspectives (both old and young). It is intimate, r...
  • 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...
  • Cary
    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 f...
  • Michael Mathis
    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 ...
  • Cory Howell
    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 h...
  • Katie Robinson
    "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.
  • Julia
    I enjoyed volume one of the church's new history narrative, Saints, that came out this week. I had already read the first 7 chapters in beta and was excited to read the rest. It was very readable and I think it will help inform members about church history. This book really puts things in a easy-to-read format. Since it's written in chronological order it really helps give perspective to the people and events of the restoration. While it does att...
  • Chrisanne
    4.5 StarsI must admit I was underwhelmed at the beginning. The plot pacing was done well ("started with a bang" as someone somewhere said) but the language was simple. Definitely not the type of historical style that is or has been popular lately and, I must admit, I was unprepared for that. The writers aimed for simplicity and clarity. I still wish it had been the beautiful prose I love (hence the -.5 stars) BUT, and I'm not sure when this redir...
  • Adam
    What a wonderfully executed and readable history of a complex and vast process of restoring a religion, with all the spiritual, temporal, cultural, and personal differences that influenced the events. There were many times when I said, "I wish they would say more about X" or "Is that all they're going to cover of Y" but each time it was easy to see that they had to make choices on what to include and where to comment, otherwise they would have ma...
  • Mike Day
    This is a well written account of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints written for a general audience. I loved how the stories of so many women and children were also included in the narrative. This was a history that was easy to read. I appreciated the stories told about Amanda Barnes Smith during her harrowing experience at Haun's Mill in October 1838. The account helped to show a balanced history, portraying some of t...
  • John Shaw
    An official history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Saints tells the story of the Mormon Church and its beginnings in New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Nauvoo - ending with the Murder of Joseph Smith and the continuation of building the Temple in Nauvoo.This is the first official history that was eventually approved in the last 100 years (excepting the Story of the Latter-day Saints Leonard/Allen which ended up being scrapped as '...
  • Devin
    This eBook and Audio book are both free on the LDS Tools app!! While I learned almost nothing new, there was information I had only learned in Susan Easton Black's Church History class at BYU; I am grateful that now every person has the opportunity to hear the same accounts and know the true history! The book basically combined everything I have learned about church history, as well as every account from Our Heritage: A brief history of the churc...
  • Samcwright
    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 an...
  • Lisa Jestice
    I am a mother of four and grandmother of eight and I highly recommend the book “Saints”. I consider myself a simple reader and the narrative style of this book made it easy for me to read. I have grown up as a member of the Church and I have heard many of the stories but there are many that were new to me. All of the stories were told in such a compelling manner that it constantly pulled me back to want to read more.I love the way the series ...
  • Faye
    The narrative arc, simple yet beautiful prose and the characterization of real people make this book an amazing glimpse into history that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience. I loved it!The book mentions the more complex issues of Church history. My advice to critical readers is to manage expectations. You won't find in depth explorations of these topics in the text, it is intended to be accessible to a global readership. But you can find hundre...
  • Traci
    Loved being able to read about the early history of the church in a narrative fashion that drew upon real people versus fictional characters as in other narrative style books. It did take me a little while to get into that style of writing though especially concerning the subject. I though they did a good job of tackling some of the subjects that cause speculation and doubt among members and non-members. I am looking forward to the remaining thre...
  • Meleece
    I’ve read other church history books and taken church history classes but I learned so many intriguing details of how Mormonism began. And it was a captivating read, which is really incredible considering all the primary sources they had to slog through, but it was a page turner. I’ll admit some information was cringe-worthy, but I’m left in greater awe for what these people went through and for their faith. They really were SAINTS.
  • Joseph
    Stirring, captivating, and comprehensive history of the origin of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found Saints to be a very honest and bold read. It reads like a narrative which I found captivating and easy to enjoy, and yet I feel like my foundational understanding of the history of the church was vastly expanded.
  • Kaja
    I loved this book. There were stories and information that I had never heard before, some of which I’ll admit I maybe didn’t want to know, but I am very grateful for the transparency. It was well written and informative. I can’t wait for the next one!
  • Don
    Loved this.
  • Betty Ann
    Saints 1815-1846: The Standard of Truth, is the most well-documented and easy-to-read history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints yet to be published. Citing over 600 sources, the Church History Department has laid out well-known and little-known facts about the Restoration. The facts that have been taught for years, and those that may have been perceived as controversial, are presented to the reader for open inspection. Saints, vo...
  • Aaron
    This book is fantastic. Factually accurate, but written as a historical narrative, the book is not just easy to read. It is compelling. With multiple view points, including the perspectives of many "ordinary" saints who did not hold high positions of leadership in the church, the narrative is rich and deep, meaning more to me as a lay member of the church than any prior history of the Church I have read. In fact, the book relies so often on the a...
  • David L. Cook
    Undertaking this project was a monumental and thankless task. I give great credit to Elders Marlin Jensen and Stephen Snow for their leadership in bringing this project to fruition. It is virtually impossible to write a comprehensive history of the Church or for any organization that will please everyone. It is clear that Saints is not a deep academic style work, nor should it be. This is meant to be accessible to a worldwide church, not just the...
  • Brooke
    Beautiful, simple, and rich history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a lifelong member of the Church, and a lover of history, so much of what I read in Saints was already familiar. And yet I learned a great amount and came to know early Saints I'd not encountered before. like Emily and Eliza Partridge. Details of both major events and daily life happenings allow me to feel a greater connection to the people and time, and fl...
  • Susan
    If you're looking for a simple, easy-to-read, comprehensive history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, look no further. THE STANDARD OF TRUTH is the first in a four-volume series that will cover the Church's rich, extensive history. Written to appeal to a general audience (all ages, backgrounds, and degrees of familiarity with the Church), the story is told in a simple, straightforward manner that is engaging and intriguing. It d...
  • Mark
    I read this on the website. It has been marketed as the first history of the Church written in 88 years, though it does read more as a story, which the title suggests, than a history.I do appreciate that the writers did include some of the more controversial subjects. Many of these topics were glossed over, not given in full detail, and make whatever happened sound justified. Many of the controversial points were explained as a product of...
  • Ronnie Guymon
    What a great book! It's really entertaining, and I'm excited for the next three volumes. I listened to it on the Deseret Book app. After listening to this book I feel more grateful for the blessings that I enjoy as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They were asked to do some really, truly difficult things.I particularly loved learning about how God helped the early saints of the latter days. Whether they had a question ...
  • Brittany
    4.5 starsI had no intention of reading this book, but somehow I accidentally started it, and I ended up setting aside other things (like my current Netflix binge) to finish it. I read, studied, and prayed about it, and I had a very good experience. I love Joseph Smith for his strength, his obedience, and his courage, but I also love him for his imperfections. My favorite characters in literature and television are the ones that are achieve great ...
  • Michelle
    Loved this. I thought the easy-to-read format would bug me, and it did a little, but it didn't distract from the storytelling. In fact, I hardly wanted to put the book down. I do wish some things were covered in more detail, rather than just being mentioned. But the book is huge already, so I get why, but still, I know there's more to some stories. Not in a hidden way, I mean I already know the stories, I just want to read them again here. Also, ...