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SA I NTSSAINTSTHE S
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Volume
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THE
STANDARD
OF TRUTH

1815–1846

1815–1846

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, and written under the direc-
tion of the First Presidency, 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).

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ISBN 9781629724928

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SAINTS
THE STORY OF

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
IN THE LATTER DAYS

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The Standard of Truth

the south of Drusilla’s house, a mob had starting setting
wildfires, turning the prairie black with smoke.17

With uncertainty in the air, Drusilla and her hus-
band, James, prepared to abandon their house and flee
to Far West. Knowing food might be scarce in the com-
ing weeks, they picked and shredded cabbage from
their garden and layered it with salt to make sauerkraut.

They worked well into the night. Around ten o’clock,
Drusilla and James went into the yard to find a stone to
weigh down the cabbages and keep them submerged in
the brine. Walking behind James, Drusilla could see his
tall form clearly in the dim moonlight. She was struck by
how tall he was—and startled when the thought came
to her that she might never see him stand so tall again.

Later, after the work was finished and Drusilla and
James had gone to bed, their neighbor, Charles Rich,
knocked at the door. The mob had attacked settlements
to the south, he reported. Families of Saints had been
driven from their homes, and two or three men had
been beaten and taken prisoner. He and David Patten
were now organizing a rescue party to take them back.

Drusilla arose and lit a fire while James fetched
his horse. She then grabbed James’s pistols and placed
them in the pockets of his coat. When he returned, she
picked up his sword and carefully fastened it to his
waist. Donning his overcoat, James said goodbye and
climbed on his horse. Drusilla then handed another
gun up to him.

“Don’t get shot in the back,” she said.18

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Almost as soon as Charles Hales stumbled into Far
West, he was asked to join the rescue party. Although he
was exhausted and footsore, Charles borrowed a horse
and gun and set off with forty other men.19

They rode south, gathering men from outlying set-
tlements until their force numbered around seventy-five.
The prisoners were being held in a camp along the
Crooked River, twelve miles from Far West. Among the
men riding with Charles was Parley Pratt, the apostle
who had baptized him in Canada.

The night was dark and solemn. The only noises
they heard were the rumble of hooves and the clank-
ing of weapons in their scabbards and holsters. In the
distance, they could see the glow of prairie fires. Now
and then a meteor flashed overhead.20

The men arrived at the Crooked River before dawn.
As they neared the enemy camp, they dismounted and
formed into companies. “Trust in the Lord for victory,”
David Patten said once they assembled. He ordered
them to follow him to the ford on the river.21

Charles and the other men marched silently up a
low hill until they could see campfires along the river.
Cresting the hill, they heard the sharp voice of a sentry:
“Who comes there?”

“Friends,” said David.
“Are you armed?” asked the sentry.
“We are.”
“Then lay down your arms.”
“Come and get them.”22

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SA I NTSSAINTSTHE S
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D

A
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Volume
1

THE
STANDARD
OF TRUTH

1815–1846

1815–1846

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, and written under the direc-
tion of the First Presidency, 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).

7249287816299



ISBN 9781629724928

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