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A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints   By: (1865-1923)

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A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, written by Nephi Anderson, provides an insightful and comprehensive overview of the origins, growth, and teachings of the Church. With its engaging storytelling and clear language, this book succeeds in appealing to readers of all ages, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of the faith.

Anderson begins by tracing the early beginnings of the Church, shedding light on the extraordinary events and experiences that led to its establishment. By highlighting the unique circumstances surrounding the church's founding, readers are able to appreciate the optimism, determination, and unwavering faith of the early Saints. The author's meticulous research shines through, as he weaves together historical accounts, personal anecdotes, and doctrinal explanations to provide a well-rounded picture of the Church's early years.

One of the strengths of Anderson's writing is his ability to make sometimes complex doctrinal concepts accessible to readers of all backgrounds. With a knack for simplifying intricate teachings, he ensures that the book remains engaging and easy to follow. This is particularly important given the young target audience, as it allows young readers to understand and appreciate their faith more deeply.

Furthermore, the author's storytelling skills are commendable. The narrative flows smoothly from one chapter to the next, maintaining a good pace and keeping readers thoroughly engaged. Through vivid descriptions and relatable characters, Anderson manages to capture the attention of both young and old readers alike, inviting them to immerse themselves in the fascinating history of the Church.

One minor drawback of the book is its focus primarily on the positive aspects of the Church's history. While it is certainly important to highlight the faith and resilience of the Saints, a more balanced approach that also acknowledges the challenges and struggles faced by the early Church members would have added depth to the narrative. Nevertheless, Anderson's objective of providing a positive and uplifting history of the Church is achieved admirably.

In conclusion, A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Nephi Anderson is an engaging and informative resource that effectively introduces readers to the captivating history of the Church. With its accessible language, comprehensive coverage, and engaging storytelling, this book is an invaluable addition to anyone's understanding of the faith. It is highly recommended for young readers, Church members, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper appreciation for the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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[Transcriber's note: Minor typos in text corrected and footnotes moved to end of text.]



A Young Folks' History




" We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what Work thou didst in their days, in the time of old " Psalm xliv:1 .

Published by the DESERET SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION Salt Lake City. Utah 1916

Copyright, 1889, By Nephi Anderson

Copyright, 1916, By Joseph F. Smith, For the Deseret Sunday School Union .

To Parents and Teachers.

Studying the history of our country creates patriotism and engenders loyalty. For the same reason, a study of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints will implant in our boys and girls a love for its heroes, a loyalty to its principles, and an appreciation of its achievements. By a knowledge of the history of the Church, our young people will prize more highly that heritage given them of God and preserved for them by the sweat and blood of their fathers.

The teacher using this little book will understand that it is not exhaustive, but rather suggestive. The teacher should be in possession of much more history than is given here... Continue reading book >>

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