For the past three years I’ve been working as a writer in the Church History Department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints. The project I’ve been working on is different than anything I’ve really done before, using a narrative style to present sound historical information in a way that is easily accessible and reader-friendly. This new Church history tells stories from a variety of people and experiences, and will be published in a 4-volume series over the next few years. I was part of an incredible team of writers, historians, and editors who all worked incredibly hard to bring this project to this point.
The book is significant, both in size—699 pages, including notes—and importance. This past Tuesday, September 4, the first volume, SAINTS: The Standard of Truth, became available to the public. I worked on the first part of Volume 1 (covering 1815-1846) as well as the full first draft of Volume 3 (1884-1955). I learned a ton about history and about writing, and I’m excited to see how SAINTS goes over, well, with the Saints. Fingers crossed.