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No Unhallowed Hand ❮KINDLE❯ ➚ No Unhallowed Hand ❦ Author Gerald N. Lund – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Picking up the story shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith,No Unhallowed Handvolume in the series The Work and the Glory takes the saga of the Restoration and the fictional Steed fami Picking up the story shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith,No Unhallowed Handvolumein the series The Work and the Glory takes the saga No Unhallowed eBook î of the Restoration and the fictional Steed family from the end of Juneto February As this volume opens, it is a time of great sadness and of uncertainty Having lost their beloved prophet, the Saints witness a series of power plays by those who would use the opportunity to further their own interests It is not long, however, before the Lord s purposes are made apparent and the Twelve take their rightful position as leaders of the Church, with Brigham Young at their head.


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  1. Dan Dan says:

    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 upthan 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


  2. Becky Becky says:

    This was one of theinteresting books in the series, even though little forward movement happened Joshua has become my favorite character in the entire series, quite a turn around from his villainous beginnings.


  3. Hila Hila says:

    It is a dark time in Nauvoo, Illinois, for the Latter Day Saints their beloved Prophet, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum have been martyred Amidst the grief and mourning, there is confusion Who will lead the Church now Or are those opposed to the Church correct will the Church collapse now that their leader is dead Many step forth, willing to take the reins left by Joseph But the Lord is at the head of this work, and through a miraculous event, He makes known His will as to who will pr It is a dark time in Nauvoo, Illinois, for the Latter Day Saints their beloved Prophet, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum have been martyred Amidst the grief and mourning, there is confusion Who will lead the Church now Or are those opposed to the Church correct will the Church collapse now that their leader is dead Many step forth, willing to take the reins left by Joseph But the Lord is at the head of this work, and through a miraculous event, He makes known His will as to who will preside over the Church at this difficult time Many do not agree and fall away, following others But the Steed family remains firm in their faith They witnessed the miracle, and they know who leads the Church Willingly, they follow Brigham Young, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles But still, hard times come When the Church does not implode, as so many opponents to the faith believed would happen, the mobs begin again to terrorize the saints They burn the homes and farms of families living in settlements outside of Nauvoo The Governor of Illinois invites the Mormon people to leave the state suggesting they will be better off somewhere out West Rumors of the federal government getting involved and not to the benefit of the Saints also spark fear And so, once again in the middle of winter, the Saints leave their homes and all they have worked hard to obtain and create in Nauvoo and begin the trek West During these troubled times, the Steed family experiences joy and sorrow miracles and trials Their lives will be forever changed They will be called on to serve in a variety of ways and with a variety of difficulties But serve they will And they hold tight to the promise that one day they will be together forever I enjoyed this book I learned a lot about some of what was faced by these early pioneers, and again, it humbled me I contemplated what I would do if required to leave almost all I have, and I realized how truly unimportant so many of my material possessions really are I was sometimes surprised by how the Saints were treated in a country which was supposed to support religious freedom and I can t help but wonder if there will be similar days ahead


  4. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    I read the first six volumes a few years ago, and became very engrossed in the story of the fictional Steed family Unfortunately forces combined that didn t allow me to finish the last 3 books until this month I thoroughly enjoyed all of them perhaps because this has been my primary source of church history Sad, but at least Lund does an excellent job with endnotes for each chapter delineating which portions were fact or fiction and expounding on the facts for those like me who don t reall I read the first six volumes a few years ago, and became very engrossed in the story of the fictional Steed family Unfortunately forces combined that didn t allow me to finish the last 3 books until this month I thoroughly enjoyed all of them perhaps because this has been my primary source of church history Sad, but at least Lund does an excellent job with endnotes for each chapter delineating which portions were fact or fiction and expounding on the facts for those like me who don t really know much of the actual history


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    I have a lot of ancestors who lived in Nauvoo during this time period Some of them came West with the Saints and some of them did not I have often wondered what all of their experiences were Why did some choose to stay and some choose to leave This book gives a good perspective of the conflict that early Saints faced It was a difficult time, an unprecedented time Sometimes from our vantage point of the future, we forget the indecision and turmoil that followed Joseph Smith s death This boo I have a lot of ancestors who lived in Nauvoo during this time period Some of them came West with the Saints and some of them did not I have often wondered what all of their experiences were Why did some choose to stay and some choose to leave This book gives a good perspective of the conflict that early Saints faced It was a difficult time, an unprecedented time Sometimes from our vantage point of the future, we forget the indecision and turmoil that followed Joseph Smith s death This books does a great job capturing, at least a portion of the emotion and events


  6. Joanne Joanne says:

    I am currently on the 7th book in the series and have read the series once before My family history follows the Mormon church from the Kirtland period through to the present I enjoy the author s notes at the end of each chapter which clarify which events are from real history and which are the author s device It has been helpful to me to understand the history of the Mormon church through the perspectives of characters living at that time.


  7. Kris Irvin Kris Irvin says:

    Honestly, it s at this point in the series it starts to feel like a never ending slog to get through I read this book two days ago and couldn t tell youthan a few major things that happened in it It s just long And slow And I am bored Also when you start reusing the same names over and over again, it gets annoying I hope Brother Lund remembered that for other books Yeesh.


  8. Deanna Deanna says:

    Reread September 2018 Reread October 2016_____After my 3rd Reading This volume discusses the succession in the presidency and also the saints expulsion by violence out of Nauvoo I m amazed what the early saints went through.


  9. Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan says:

    I m surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I expected a letdown after an intense book 6 ended with the martyrdom I ve always wanted to learnabout what happened after, during the succession crisis, and it was just as gripping reading about the drama between Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young Of course, there was a lot of focus on romance and family disagreements, but I didn t mind it I always felt like the story was moving forward, and I do care about the characters Even by the end, I I m surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I expected a letdown after an intense book 6 ended with the martyrdom I ve always wanted to learnabout what happened after, during the succession crisis, and it was just as gripping reading about the drama between Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young Of course, there was a lot of focus on romance and family disagreements, but I didn t mind it I always felt like the story was moving forward, and I do care about the characters Even by the end, I was excited to readabout the trek West, especially with the way Lund has set up different paths for certain family members


  10. Kevin R. Kevin R. says:

    Another good book, but another pretty tough time to read about This book deals with the aftermath of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum and the preparations to trek west to the Rocky Mountains With the church departing Nauvoo, the Steed family has to come to the realization that with the different choices each person is making, their family is about to be split up and separatedthan ever before.


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