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Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

Customer Reviews

A responsible approach to Mormon history

I've said for awhile now that I don't think that the Church needs to be dipassionate with regards to its history. I understand that this is a sacred heritage and that they have a vested interest in it being faith-promoting. I don't think we should hold the Church to secular university standards when discussing its past. I understand the need for narrative to be condensed, easy for a general audience to grasp, easily teachable to youth, easily translatable to multiple languages, etc. I've only asked that, when the Church does discuss its history, it does so responsibly. Bias is inherent and to be expected. Devotional history is a given when it comes from a devotional source. But be responsible with the sources. Don't intentionally obscure uncomfortable historical facts for fear that they will lead members away from the Church. Have more faith in your members to understand the nuance of human history.

Without sounding too much like an advertisement, I really do think that the Church is trying to do this with their new Saints material. Yes, it is written to an 8th grade reading level, but in an international Church with millions of members at various levels of reading ability (and interest), I don't see how else they could have done it. That they are rolling out this new history in the Ensign, on the Church website, in the Gospel Library app, and in print form is pretty smart. This history (along with the Gospel Topics essays) will be used to base seminary and institute curriculum on. It will be the history that our kids and probably grandkids will be raised on. And while it may have its weak points, I am very encouraged by what I've read and can say that it is the most responsible treatment offered by the institutional Church so far. While those of us who have done deep dives will still want more, I do think it will better inform and equip the next generation rising up. Not just to innoculate them against historical criticism (although that is definitely part of it), but for their general knowledge of the history of the Church. I do think it will change the relationship that the next generation has with the Church, and hope that they are able to see the history and past leaders in a more human light. Because I believe that seeing the shortcomings of sincere people (even sincerely great people) can build greater empathy and charity.

Church history access

I’m super glad more church history is being broadcasted and that it’s coming to popular mediums that I frequently use

Church History is wonderful

I'm so glad the church has been so transparent in its history because we ought to know it, love it, and preach it to those with common misconceptions!