Apr 19, 2013

Belonging to Heaven

Book Details:
Author: Gale Sears
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Deseret Book
Genre: Historical Fiction

What amazing people walk this earth!

This story is based largely on George Q. Cannon's journals.

He was first called on a mission to work the gold claim on the California's American River...to dig gold for the support of the Church.

After that he was called to serve as a missionary in the Sandwich Islands (the Hawaiian islands).

He and his companions were a little discouraged with the small amount of "white man" on the islands...(wait until you find out what Elder Cannon does about it :)

George Q. Cannon
Here is a hint:
One of his first converts was Jonathan Hawaii Napela, a descendant of Hawaiian royal blood. (His full name is Napelakapuonamahanaonaleleonalani ~ there is a pronunciation guide below :)

Jonathan and George develop a friendship that will last their entire lifetimes.

Together they translate the Book of Mormon into the Hawaiian language and Jonathan takes each new missionary for 2 months and immerses them into the language...the pattern that the Missionary Training Center would later use.

Johnathan Napela
As in all ages of the gospel, persecutions take place and both George and Johnathan suffer from it, but they both rise to the callings from the Lord and they focus on the blessings that the gospel does bring...

Elder Cannon later became an apostle and served as first counselor to prophet Lorenzo Snow.

Jonathan becomes a great leader in the church and became the head of the sugar plantation at Laie, but when his wife is stricken with leprosy he goes with her into the leper colony at Kalawao, Moloka'i and becomes the assistant superintendent of the colony...where he lives out his life helping his wife and others who are afflicted with this terrible disease.

This is their story....

A story of courage.
A story of love.
A story of gospel truths.
A story of belonging to Heaven.

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About the Author:
Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.

(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the publisher for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)


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