So Great a Cause is the eighth volume in Gerald N. Lund's The Work and the Glory series.


To Kim--Kenneth I. Moe--without whose, vision, determination, and dedication this series would not be. His friendship and influence shall be sorely missed.

Book DescriptionEdit

It is early 1846, and many Saints, including most of the Steeds, begin the difficult journey across Iowa as they move toward a new and distant home in the Rocky Mountains. Among them is the volatile Joshua Steed, who, intent on accompanying his now widowed mother, has temporarily left his wife and children behind in Nauvoo. With trouble brewing in that dying city, will they be in danger? And what is the secret that Joshua feels compelled to keep hidden from the other Steeds?

Meanwhile, Will and Alice continue their voyage with another group of Saints aboard the ship Brooklyn. Life-threatening storms, deaths at sea, a visit to beautiful tropical islands — these become part of their experiences as the sailing vessel makes its way around South America and back up toward California. Also headed for California is the company in which Peter and Kathryn are traveling — the famous and ultimately ill-fated Donner-Reed Party.


  • The book title refers to the question "Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause?", which is part of an epistle from Joseph Smith to the Latter-day Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois on September 6, 1842.
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