General Information
Title: 1) Pillar of Light
2) Like a Fire is Burning
3) Truth Will Prevail
4) Thy Gold to Refine
5) A Season of Joy
6) Praise to the Man
7) No Unhallowed Hand
8) So Great a Cause
9) All Is Well
Author: Gerald N. Lund
Release Date: 1) 1990
2) 1991
3) 1992
4) 1993
5) 1994
6) 1995
7) 1996
8) 1997
9) 1998
Genre: Historical fiction
Number of Pages: 1) 437
2) 506
3) 533
4) 605
5) 575
6) 730
7) 634
8) 511
9) 716
Description: The Work and the Glory is a nine-part novel series by Gerald N. Lund chronicling the birth and early growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the lives of the fictional Steed family. The Steeds, throughout the series, meet and come to know well many of the prominent early Church members. The series covers a twenty-year period, opening in 1827 when the Steeds move from Vermont to western New York state, and ending in 1847 when they settle in the Salt Lake Valley. The storyline also includes both fictional and actual events.[1]
Main Characters:
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Content Ratings
Violence: Mild
Language: Mild
Sexual Themes and Nudity: Mild
Drugs and Alcohol: Mild
Crude Humor or Comic Mischief:


General Information

1) The Work and the Glory
2) The Work and the Glory: American Zion
3) The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided

Studio: 1) Excel Entertainment
2) Vineyard Distribution
3) Excel Entertainment
Release Date: 1) Nov. 24, 2004; Jan. 21, 2005; Oct. 16, 2006 (re-release)
2) Oct. 13, 2005; Oct. 19, 2005; Oct. 21, 2005; Oct. 30, 2006 (re-release)
3) Nov. 22, 2006; Feb. 2007
Length: 1) 110 minutes
2) 100 minutes
3) 93 minutes
Description: 1) Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt to settle peacefully into the new community, they discover that the help they have hired to clear their land is at the center of a religious controversy - a controversy that threatens to tear the family apart. As two of the Steed brothers contend for the favor of a wealthy merchant's daughter, they find themselves on opposite sides of the religious question. Although the family struggles to smooth the contention, they soon face deeper issues of family loyalty and the pursuit of truth.

2) 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.
3) Joshua Steed returns to Missouri a changed man with a beautiful wife from Savannah, Georgia; however, the past has a way of catching up. Soon Joshua is tangled in a web of rumors, deception and betrayal that threatens to tear his family apart.

Back in Kirtland, financial trouble riddles the foundations of the fledgling Church causing a division, and questioning of the Prophet Joseph Smith's divine calling. Has he lost his prophetic gift?

Hundreds of Saints immigrate to Missouri, where Governor Boggs raises an army - with Joshua at its head - to address the "Mormon Problem." When the militia receives orders to attack the Mormon settlement, only Joshua can save his family from the gathering mob.

Main Characters:

Benjamin Steed
Mary Ann Morgan
Joshua Steed
Nathan Steed

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Content Ratings
Rating: 1) PG
2) PG-13
3) PG
Content Labels:
Violence: Mild
Sexual Themes and Nudity:
Drugs and Alcohol:
Crude Humor or Comic Mischief:


  • In the novels, Joshua Steed has black hair; however, it's blond in the films.


  • The title of the novel series (and film trilogy) is from the verse: "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

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