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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 traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world.

The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord’s call to write history “for the good of the church, and for the rising generations” (Doctrine and Covenants 69:8).

©2018 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (P)2018 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What listeners say about Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days: The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846

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Great Read!!!

I loved the openness and details of the history of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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enlightening

I liked the narrator. I like how they told us things that may be hard for some church members to hear. These details are the truth and need to be heard. I don't feel like they are trying to explain or buffer anything about Joseph Smith or poligamy. I feel like everything the prophets put out (like this book) is the right time for the people and what God wants. Even though some of the stuff in here with plural marriage and other things is not something many of us like it made more sense to me. There are lots of questions in life and some about the church that will be answered in the afterlife. Don't let those things blur all the other miracles and truth. This was great. Can't wait for the next.

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Saints volume 1 Audible review

I started listening to this on a road trip. It is well written and narrated, keeping my interest. The narrator has a pleasant voice which was easy to listen to.The history is given as a narrative story, but not like a novel. I also have a printed copy which shows it is well documented. Nothing is added to the story that cannot be documented and those sources are footnoted, so, no hearsay or folk stories are included. I just never got around to reading it, and this audible version was perfect for me. If I want to check a source, I can find it in the hard copy. I am looking forward to volume 2 coming out which will pick up the history where this one left off.

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My new favorite book! I'm excited about volume 2!

I love true stories but this one is amazing, so many details I didn't know. A real page turner! I think I'll enjoy it even more the second time.

I hope Oprah reads it.

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Straight forward and succinct.

A great historic account from the perspective of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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Excellent and informative.
Reader not the best. My hat off to the Church for producingc this very valubable historic description

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More than what you talk about in Sunday School

It's definitely still written by the church, but it provides details that tend to get omitted in Sunday School. Not a rigorous academic study of the history and probably still whitewashed, it's a good way to start exploring these events that have historically not been covered in Sunday School, Seminary, or Institute. The narrator is very monotone, probably because she's was provided and coached by the church.

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If you were hoping for accuracy it’s not for you.

This book was interesting but unfortunately not very historically complete. While it does touch on some areas the church has denied or ignored in the past,(even excommunicating members for discussing) it fails to rise to the bar of historical record. Any disputed account gets the faithful explanation while other views are ignored or denigrated. Much was just ignored completely.

If you have read the source material you will find this book riddled with half truths and post hoc justifications. I was hopeful after reading previous reviews but disappointed in the end.

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it skipped some chapters.

the audio skipped some chapters. there wasn't even a chapter one. redo the audio book.

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My heart aches for what seems to be incredible unnecessary suffering. Plural marriage, and especially the circumstances and the way it was carried out was one of the sharper instances. But so much of the book just made me so sad. Like watching a movie about the titanic. To comfort my soul, and feel peace, I will turn to the sermon on the mount. Would that the church that claims to be the restored church would remember the living Christ and what he taught at least as much as "modern revelation". Jesus said, "the kingdom of God is within you." Remembering the living Jesus and what he taught with his own voice and life brings me peace. Thanks for reading.

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loved listening to this book l, cant wait for the next one's to be released.