Volume 3 of Saints Is Now Available
The book — available in 14 languages — is the newest chapter of Church’s official history
Previous volumes of Saints focus on the early Restoration as the Latter-day Saints gathered to build temples in Kirtland, Nauvoo and Utah. Although these books included stories from England, Scandinavia and the Pacific Islands, it is in volume 3 that the story becomes truly global. More than half the book takes place outside the United States, with stories set in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America and Oceania. At the book’s culmination, President David O. McKay dedicates the Swiss Temple, the first house of the Lord in Europe. No longer would European Saints have to cross oceans to participate fully in the blessings of the restored gospel.
“Readers will find themselves rejoicing, and at times aching, as they learn about the experiences of Saints around the world,” said Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., Church Historian and Recorder. “In this new volume, we get the first glimpses of temples blessing members of the Church outside of North America, and we see the powerful influence that the ordinances in those temples have on the Saints.”
While many readers are familiar with earlier eras of Church history, Saints, Volume 3 brings to light a little-known period of Latter-day Saint history. It is a time of modernization, beginning with people traveling by horse-drawn carriages and communicating by telegraph and ending in an age of supersonic jets and color television.
“Volume 3 covers a period of dramatic transformations in the world and in the Church, both in the institution and in people’s everyday lives and experiences,” said Lisa Olsen Tait, a general editor of the series. “We show those transformations through the eyes of everyday Saints all over the world — a young priesthood holder in Cincinnati, a Japanese-speaking sister missionary in Hawaii, a newlywed couple facing uncertainty and restriction behind the Berlin Wall.”