Pillar of Light is the first volume in Gerald N. Lund's The Work and the Glory series.
In the 1820s the Benjamin Steed family move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. There they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of conflict and controversy that swirls around him. Did he really see the Father and the Son in a pillar of light? Has he truly been visited by angelic messengers? What is all this talk about gold plates and new scripture? In short, is he a prophet and seer or a monumental fraud? The answers each one gives to these questions — intensely personal, potentially divisive — will dramatically affect the lives of the Steeds forever after.
The fictional characters in this volume include Benjamin and Mary Ann Steed, devoted to each other as man and wife, yet at odds over religion; Joshua, their volatile son, who rebels and heads for trouble; the sensitive Nathan, their second son, in whom Joseph Smith's message strikes a responsive chord; and the beautiful Lydia McBride, who captures the hearts of both Joshua and Nathan.
- The book title refers to Joseph Smith—History 1:16, which is part of Joseph Smith's account of the First Vision.
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