- The Work and the Glory
"The Work and the Glory" is a nine-part novel series by
Gerald N. Lundchronicling the birth and early growth of Mormonismthrough 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 Vermontto western New Yorkstate, and ending in 1847 when they settle in the Salt Lake Valley. The storyline also includes both fictional and actual events.
The main characters of this series include both fictional and non-fictional people. The Steed family includes the father, Benjamin, his wife, Mary Ann, and their children. From eldest to youngest, these children include Joshua, Nathan, Melissa, Rebecca, and Matthew. Benjamin and Mary Ann had 5 additional children, but four died soon after birth or were stillborn, and one lived only to the age of four.
Joshua marries Jessica Roundy and has a daughter, Rachel, with her. They are eventually divorced, and Joshua then marries Caroline Mendenhall whom he meets in Savannah Georgia. She brings two children to the marriage, Will and Olivia, and together, she and Joshua have three more children, Savannah, Charles and Livvy. Their youngest Livvy is named for her older sister Olivia after she is killed. Livvy was Olivia's nickname. Joshua eventually is baptized into the Mormon religion, although it takes more than 19 years after the Church first came into his life for that to happen.
Nathan marries Lydia McBride, the only daughter of a store keeper in Palmyra, and they have several children, including one named after Nathan's older brother Joshua. They also have a daughter named Emily, who becomes best friends with Jessica's oldest daughter Rachel. The other children do not figure prominently in the novels.
Melissa marries Carl Rogers, and they also have several children, who do not appear frequently in the books. Carl is the only member of the family that never joins the church. Their oldest son young Carl saves his mother in Volume 9 from a group of evil men.
Rebecca marries Derek Ingalls from England, they have three children.
Matthew marries Jennifer Jo McIntre from Ireland and they have two children, although Jennifer Jo informs Matthew in Volume 9 that she is pregnant again.
Jennifer's sister Kathryn and Derek's brother Peter marry each other as well. They have a daughter named Nicole that was born at Fort Pueblo. Peter was a fictional member of the ill fated
Donner partybut survived.
Caroline's son Will marries Alice Samuelson, and by the end of the series, they have a young boy named Jared Will. Will and Alice came to the west via a ship bound for California.
Jessica Roundy, Joushua Steed's divorced wife, later marries John Griffith. They have one son together, who is added to her daughter and his two sons. John is soon after killed at the
Haun's Mill Massacre. Several years later, she marries Solomon Garrett, and they have a daughter and a son together.
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Note: In the preface to volume 9, Lund mentioned that he felt the need to work on other projects, so the Work and the Glory series would temporarily come to an end. He said that it seemed to him like the family was saying that they'd shared enough of their lives with the readers and it was time for them to be left alone. However, he also said that at some future point, he'd like to come back to it and officially end the series with a 10th volume that tells the story of the Steed family descendants in modern times. This may or may not be done since Lund has since been called as a member of the
Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
The Work and the Glory has been developed into three movies to date. The are "The Work and The Glory" (
2004), ' ( 2005), and ' ( 2006).
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