The Work and the Glory: American Zion, based on Like a Fire is Burning, is a 2005 historical fiction drama film directed by Sterling Van Wagenen.


In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this impending strife, a young man with a divine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past. Divided by their diverse reactions to a nascent ideology, the Steeds struggle to hold together as the strength of their convictions and their filial bonds are tested.



  • Milton Bagby as Caleb, farmer
  • Danny Nelson as Reverend Samuel Bogart
  • Andrew Bowen as Brigham Young
  • Haynes Brooke as Edward Partridge
  • Nakotah LaRance as Pidgeon
  • Russ Comegys as Ruffian
  • John Henry Scott as Deputy Frank
  • Adam Heffernan as Deputy Smiley
  • Don Henderson Baker as Ezra Booth
  • Annie Abbott as Edith Gates
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald as Magistrate
  • Mark Scarboro as Newel K. Whitney
  • Mary Tanner Bailey as Elsa Johnson
  • Stephen Ayers as Father Smith
  • Rowan Arlo Bishop as infant Joseph Smith
  • Kati Massey as Little Girl on Snow Trail
  • Brett Taylor as Man Crossing Street
  • William David Witt as Temple Builder
  • Nic Cornett as Man with Rifle / Man on Horse (uncredited)
  • William J. Mode as Himself - Militiaman / Tavern Patron / Citizen (uncredited)

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The Work and the Glory
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