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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 i 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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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 i 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.

30 review for Thy Gold to Refine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    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 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!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Jones

    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 w 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yz

    I'll climb into bed at night and then I'll start reading from The Work And The Glory series and I'll say okay I'll stop reading at 11:30, actually no midnight okay how about 12:30 and then suddenly I found myself at 1:30 am with only a little over 100 pages left from the end telling myself don't finish don't finish you didn't get good sleep last night and you at least need to get better sleep this time and so after a few more pages I quickly shut the book and turned off the light wishing I was s I'll climb into bed at night and then I'll start reading from The Work And The Glory series and I'll say okay I'll stop reading at 11:30, actually no midnight okay how about 12:30 and then suddenly I found myself at 1:30 am with only a little over 100 pages left from the end telling myself don't finish don't finish you didn't get good sleep last night and you at least need to get better sleep this time and so after a few more pages I quickly shut the book and turned off the light wishing I was still reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andralynn

    This one is so hard to read. The events of Haun’s Mill and Far West are heart wrenching, and it’s hard to imagine that people could be so cruel and unfeeling toward other people. It’s been years since I last read these books, and I completely forgot about Joshua’s storyline after he rescued his family from the Missourians. That whole bit sucked me in for sure. Despite the horrors that the Saints endured, the book ends on such a hopeful note. They made it out of Missouri, and they were looking fo This one is so hard to read. The events of Haun’s Mill and Far West are heart wrenching, and it’s hard to imagine that people could be so cruel and unfeeling toward other people. It’s been years since I last read these books, and I completely forgot about Joshua’s storyline after he rescued his family from the Missourians. That whole bit sucked me in for sure. Despite the horrors that the Saints endured, the book ends on such a hopeful note. They made it out of Missouri, and they were looking forward to the future. I also loved the Steed reunion after so much separation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baker

    The most heartbreaking one yet in the series 💔 BUT that ending was so good. A happy moment after traveling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    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 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan H. 6 Harris

    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 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”.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    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 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This is possibly my favorite book in the series. So much heartache and trial, but so much faith and joy as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Langley

    It took me a little bit to finish this book as i am trying to finish others book as well, but that in no way diminishes the five stars i am giving this book. It was amazingly painful, heart wrenching, and wonderful at the same time. This book was packed with pain but also enough happiness to keep you turning the pages. This book is centered around the hardships of the last few months in Missouri. The Mormon war happened and the mobs were more brutal than ever before. The Massacre of Hauns mill oc It took me a little bit to finish this book as i am trying to finish others book as well, but that in no way diminishes the five stars i am giving this book. It was amazingly painful, heart wrenching, and wonderful at the same time. This book was packed with pain but also enough happiness to keep you turning the pages. This book is centered around the hardships of the last few months in Missouri. The Mormon war happened and the mobs were more brutal than ever before. The Massacre of Hauns mill occured. That chapter was very hard to read. Especially knowing characters we had grown to love would die. (view spoiler)[ John Griffith was among those murdered, and his death was very sad not only because of reading his lasts thoughts which were of Jessica, but my heart called out to Jessica herself. She has been through SO MUCH in the span of three books and now she has lost the man she has come to love and is a single mother of four children to care for during hard times for the latter day saints. I cried for her. (hide spoiler)] The unfairness of the Mormon war happened and Liberty Jail happened. The chapter where the malitia(biggest mob attack) was set to "gather any remaining weapons that mightve not have been surrendered after the surrender of the mormons because they had to choice"(when in reality Lucas was only giving his men permission to murder and rape women, plunder whatever they wanted and destroy whatever while he stood back and watched), was almost worse to read than Hauns mill. My heart was pounding the entire time reading and i couldn't take my eyes off the pages until i knew everyone was going to be alright. But i wont say if everyone made it or not this time, so read and find out. As depressing it was to read the painful parts of families being separated by death, reading the mob attacks as everything was destroyed,the battles, sickness and injuries, walks accross the freezing shoeless plains to ecscape missouri, there was happiness interwoven through it all. Reunited families, new love, new baptisms, surviving atttacks, liberation from prison, through it all the fierce love that the steed family has for each other and the absolute determination to stay together through trials and hardships. The immense strength that is displayed in the book made my heart swell. I loved all the characters. I say my favorite characters were Matthew and Joshua in this book. In book one and two, i had absolutely no respect for Joshua, but he truly turned around and changed for the better and he showed it through his choices and actions in this book. I truly loved him in this book. And Matthew because he is a man in this book. It was nostalgic for me, thinking back to the first book, when he was just six years old and using all his little guy might to beat Jospeh in a tug of war battle. Now he is 18 and experienceing war and midnight rides to save family. He was such an exuberant little guy and he still is, just in man form now lol. There are alot of different pov books out there, this being one of them, but i had no problem reading the book from each characters different veiw. Other authors always have this one character pov that a reader has to push themselves to read. But with this book, the only thing pushed myself through was the bad things that happened. It was such a pleasure to read to understand the trials the early saints went through better. It may not have been pretty to read, but now i know, and i hold just that much more respect for my ancestors. I may have mentioned this already, but the thing that truly makes this book great, is even though the Steeds go through alot of hardships, they still love each other fiercely and they support each other and those around them. Its that abundance of love that makes this series so dang awesome. Well done, just well done.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Morgan

    This is easily the best volume in the series so far. It is significantly longer than the previous three, and Lund states in the introduction that he did not originally intend to focus so much time on one short period of history. When I read that, I worried that the book would spend too much time on fictional character backstories like the last volume. That was not the case. This book gives a detailed accounts of the 1838 "Mormon War" in Missouri. It is written in a way that is fast-paced, engagi This is easily the best volume in the series so far. It is significantly longer than the previous three, and Lund states in the introduction that he did not originally intend to focus so much time on one short period of history. When I read that, I worried that the book would spend too much time on fictional character backstories like the last volume. That was not the case. This book gives a detailed accounts of the 1838 "Mormon War" in Missouri. It is written in a way that is fast-paced, engaging, and quite accurate. The greatest strength of these books is their ability to tell a real history through the eyes of fictional characters. Reading the historical accounts of the Hawn's Mill Massacre and the Mormon exodus would be heartbreaking, but feeling like you personally know the characters makes you feel their emotions more deeply. Even the fictional subplots at the beginning and end of the novel were exciting enough to keep you reading. To help my understanding of the history and check Lund's research, I read Alexander Baugh's 1996 dissertation, "A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri." I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to further investigate these historical events. Comparing that dissertation to this book, it is surprising how accurate Lund's research is. He covers the election brawl in Gallatin, the harassment of Mormons in Daviess county, the DeWitt siege, the Battle of Crooked River, and the final surrender at Far West. All the horrible things described in this book really did happen. There was only one major gap I could find in the story, which is explained in Baugh's research. After the DeWitt siege, many Mormons, most of which were "Danites", decided to retaliate in Daviess county by attacking homes of suspected mob members or those related to the recent violence. They stole property and occasionally burned down homes. Some of these attacks were led by Lyman Wight and Joseph Smith, though it is a matter of historical debate how much they approved of the violence. Several Mormons disagreed with these tactics, which led to some of them leaving the Church. Reading Baugh's paper, it is clear that the Mormons had been pursuing legal avenues for a relief from persecution since 1833, and in all cases they were told to go through the very same officers, judges, and governors who were leading the persecution. Every time they gave up their arms and peacefully surrendered, they were treated horribly, from pillaging and rape to all-out massacre and winter exile. I can understand why Mormons today are still hostile to the idea of governments taking their weapons away. They had every right to defend themselves, their women, and children, and nothing these Mormons did was ever as bad as the persecutions they had received, nor did it justify the inhumane response from the militia/mob. As far as the Danites, Lund writes them off simply as rebels and ruffians who acted outside the direction of Church leaders. There is some historical basis for this view, especially with respect to Sampson Avard, who turned on the Church as soon as the conflict was over. Even though we do not fully understand questions about the number of Danites and their relation to Church leadership, I can understand why Lund chose to portray them this way. I just wish he had been a little clearer about the role Mormon retaliation played in the escalating conflicts. Besides that, I think it is an excellent telling of historical events. I would even recommend this to those who had not read the other books in the series, though it will be more meaningful if they do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashtynne Degroff

    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 lov 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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    One Man Book Club

    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 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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    My original rating would have been 4 stars, but my re-read rating this year is right about a 3.5 stars. Probably the biggest gaps in knowledge that I have in my Church's history come during this time period so this book is a much needed resource for filling in the missing information I have. Looking back this novel, and the next installment in the series, are probably some of my favorites. The Steed fictional family hasn't grown so large as to be somewhat unwieldy and the timing and pacing of the My original rating would have been 4 stars, but my re-read rating this year is right about a 3.5 stars. Probably the biggest gaps in knowledge that I have in my Church's history come during this time period so this book is a much needed resource for filling in the missing information I have. Looking back this novel, and the next installment in the series, are probably some of my favorites. The Steed fictional family hasn't grown so large as to be somewhat unwieldy and the timing and pacing of these novels feels the smoothest. The trick with these books is to remember two things. First, remember what is fictional and what is taken from actual accounts. Mr. Lund does a solid job at the end of each chapter delineating between truth and make believe. Second, the reader needs to keep in mind that these novels were created with the purpose of showing the sweeping history of the beginning years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; NOT because the author has high literary ambitions. So while the writing is decent, I must overlook any failings and keep the true purpose of Mr. Lund in mind.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    best and most interesting book of the series. the sexism was turned down quite a few notches, which i was happy about. also, matthew and Jenny's relationship is so out-of-the-blue, like it really confuses me. seriously, they met for one second and everybody was like "ohh, they MUST end up together" and then they kissed at the end (which i don't know if this was socially correct in america in the 1800s, but i KNOW it at least was DEFINITELY NOT socially appropriate to kiss in public in London, esp best and most interesting book of the series. the sexism was turned down quite a few notches, which i was happy about. also, matthew and Jenny's relationship is so out-of-the-blue, like it really confuses me. seriously, they met for one second and everybody was like "ohh, they MUST end up together" and then they kissed at the end (which i don't know if this was socially correct in america in the 1800s, but i KNOW it at least was DEFINITELY NOT socially appropriate to kiss in public in London, especially in that time period), but there was 0 development???????? hopefully, they get lots more development in the next one, cause i checked and they do get married sometime in the next book. i mean, Matthew and Peter had way more chemistry than Matthew and Jenny, and Matthew and Peter aren't really even into each other, which is funny (i still ship them, tho. don't hate)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 'Thy Gold to Refine' covers the events of the expulsion of the Latter-Day Saints in Far West, Adam-Ondi-Ahman, and the surrounding area from the state of Missouri. Not a cheerful book or for the faint of heart, I still like this book because it shows the fictional family, the Steeds, coming closer together through the trials. The thing I most disliked about this book was unavoidable because it was a part of history. It was the story of a group of Latter-Day Saints that made secret combinations t 'Thy Gold to Refine' covers the events of the expulsion of the Latter-Day Saints in Far West, Adam-Ondi-Ahman, and the surrounding area from the state of Missouri. Not a cheerful book or for the faint of heart, I still like this book because it shows the fictional family, the Steeds, coming closer together through the trials. The thing I most disliked about this book was unavoidable because it was a part of history. It was the story of a group of Latter-Day Saints that made secret combinations to brutally attack the Missourians. That part of the book was the hardest for me to read because it was about so-called 'Saints' doing, and planning to do, something inexplicably evil. I recommend this book to those who want to receive inspiration from the stories of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin R.

    This was a tough book to read. I already knew of the events that took place in this book (events surrounding the so-called "Mormon War" in Missouri) and there were no stories told that surprised me. But the events were brought to life in a way that they never had been before. Tears came to my eyes multiple times as I read this book. I don't even have words to describe the shock and sickening feeling that comes when one realized that the stories told in this book actually happened to real people. This was a tough book to read. I already knew of the events that took place in this book (events surrounding the so-called "Mormon War" in Missouri) and there were no stories told that surprised me. But the events were brought to life in a way that they never had been before. Tears came to my eyes multiple times as I read this book. I don't even have words to describe the shock and sickening feeling that comes when one realized that the stories told in this book actually happened to real people. To think of the merciless cruelty of the mobs is beyond comprehension. But people endured it. People came out of the forge with their faith stronger than ever. It's absolutely incredible.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Oh, this one was a tough one to get through! To read about Crooked River and Haun’s Mill Massacre was heart-wrenching! The persecution, brutality and horror were hard to read, yet I know it was a sad part of Church history and Ohio history. And Gov. Boggs – I simply have no words. What I really appreciate, beginning with this volume, is that the author’s notes are at the end of each chapter. A much better way to follow-up with documentation than in a whole section at the back of the book. Excell Oh, this one was a tough one to get through! To read about Crooked River and Haun’s Mill Massacre was heart-wrenching! The persecution, brutality and horror were hard to read, yet I know it was a sad part of Church history and Ohio history. And Gov. Boggs – I simply have no words. What I really appreciate, beginning with this volume, is that the author’s notes are at the end of each chapter. A much better way to follow-up with documentation than in a whole section at the back of the book. Excellent improvement! I must take a break after this one, read something less painful and lighter before starting #5…

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I resisted reading this one the first time I started the series. I knew it included Hans Mill and I just didn't want to read it, so I stopped reading the series. I think it is tragic, and sad, but I think it is done well. This series does bring me to tears on occasion, and of course, Hans Mill was one of those times. Such depravity...to be able to commit such acts on other human beings. But the faith and miracles that followed cannot be discounted. This is a beautiful story. I am familiar enough I resisted reading this one the first time I started the series. I knew it included Hans Mill and I just didn't want to read it, so I stopped reading the series. I think it is tragic, and sad, but I think it is done well. This series does bring me to tears on occasion, and of course, Hans Mill was one of those times. Such depravity...to be able to commit such acts on other human beings. But the faith and miracles that followed cannot be discounted. This is a beautiful story. I am familiar enough with the real happenings that I am able to enjoy true amazement at the miracles that really happened, while enjoying the story as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    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 meani 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Summer Meyers

    Another great addition to the Work and the Glory series. This had some heavier things to cover with the driving out of members from Missouri (particularly Haun's Mill), but I think Lund handled it well. The end felt a bit dragged on. It was less about the story of the church, and more of the drama within the Steed family. I vaguely remember that it was mostly a setup for the next book though, so its probably necessary. Another great addition to the Work and the Glory series. This had some heavier things to cover with the driving out of members from Missouri (particularly Haun's Mill), but I think Lund handled it well. The end felt a bit dragged on. It was less about the story of the church, and more of the drama within the Steed family. I vaguely remember that it was mostly a setup for the next book though, so its probably necessary.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    I'm so caught up in these books, it's crazy! :) I'm learning details of Church History I hadn't really paid attention to before, even though fiction in the Steed family and others is involved. This particular Volume was a little more story than history, but I still think it served the purpose of vividly describing the horrible nature of these short months in time. I'm so caught up in these books, it's crazy! :) I'm learning details of Church History I hadn't really paid attention to before, even though fiction in the Steed family and others is involved. This particular Volume was a little more story than history, but I still think it served the purpose of vividly describing the horrible nature of these short months in time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    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 pa 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    What a masterpiece! While tastefully, yet accurately retelling the awful atrocities committed in Missouri in 1838 & 39 against the Saints, this book manages to also weave in some wonderful messages of hope and faith that left me feeling like anything is ultimately conquerable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sidney Armbruster

    My favorite charectar was Nathan because he was courageous to go into the dangerous Far West. I would not change the ending. I like that Joseph Smith returned to Quincy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    I knew some of the history of this time period, but I really didn't realize the extent of the inhumane, diabolical events. The Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints) were treated beyond cruel. They were very faithful people, who believed in God above all else. I knew some of the history of this time period, but I really didn't realize the extent of the inhumane, diabolical events. The Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints) were treated beyond cruel. They were very faithful people, who believed in God above all else.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

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

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