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Submitted by David Woolley on 19 January 2007 - 10:17am. | | | | |

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On the left hand side-bar and also at the end of this introductory section there are links transporting you to the opening chapters of Day of Remembrance. To read the entire manuscript, about forty chapters in all, you will have to wait until it is published which hopefully will be sometime this year.

You can read the author's notes below if you like (something I highly recommend) or skip directly to the opening chapters of this novel using the aforementioned portals. Thanks for reading and please consider providing some feedback, particularly along the lines of what is mentioned in the post below.

Overview of the Work
Day of Remembrance is the fourth volume in the Promised Land Series. It is written in a split novel form with the major story line introduced in chapter one which details the Book of Mormon events leading up to and including the taking of the brass plates out of Jerusalem. The secondary or split story line is introduced in chapter two and follows the four year period from Joseph Smith's first visitation by the angel Moroni through his reception of the gold plate record containing the Book of Mormon account.

Though seperated by more than 2400 years in time and thousands of miles in space, the Hebrew calendar acts as a bridge between the two stories, tying them together through the rare occurance of Joseph Smith's reception of the gold plates taking place on one of Jewry's most holy feast days--the Day of Remembrance--a day set apart for Israel to remember their covenants with God and for God to remember His covenants with Israel.

Below is the author's note that will likely appear before the first chapter when (and I should also add if) this work is published. I hope you enjoy the opening chapters.

I'm most interested in your coments as they relate to the split novel form. Is it easy to follow? Are you comfortably able to keep track of so many characters? Are there too many plot lines to remember? Is the split novel form confusing in some specific way? (Is that a generally specific oxymoronic question?) Does it jar you out of the story or draw you into it? And of course the usual questions like did the plot lines engage your imagination, did the characterizations create a sense of real people, and (with regard to historical fiction) was the setting realistically drawn? What say ye?

Author’s Note
Since the day Moses returned from the summit of Mount Sinai with the celebrated stone tablets, Jews have memorialized the first day of the seventh month on the Israelite calendar by blowing horns in memory of the receipt of revealed covenants from heaven and petitioning God, through prayers and the playing of trumpets, to awaken after many millennia to a remembrance of those ancient promises given the seed of Abraham.

Among the covenant-blessings revealed to Moses was an understanding that it was the work and glory of God to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of his children and preserve forever the eternal nature of family ties—a timeless principle lost for centuries after the Babylonian occupation of Judah, but kept alive in a lesser-known brass-plate record sequestered deep in the treasury of Laban, Captain of the Israelite guard at the turn of the sixth century before Christ.

Present-day Jews observe ha-Teurah, The Feast of Trumpets, on a day known as Rosh ha-Shanah, meaning the “turning of the year”—a holiday that has evolved within modern Jewry into a “Jewish New Year”. It was on that feast-day in 1827 that Joseph Smith Jr., like Moses before him, brought down from a hill in upstate New York an ancient record he refereed to as a New Covenant. The sacred text was etched on plates of gold by ancient Jews who migrated to the New World and later deposited in a subterranean stone box about four hundred years after the birth of Christ—sealed in the ground for centuries in a hill south of what would one day be nineteenth century Palmyra, New York. Fourteen hundred years later, Joseph Smith Jr. translated the record from its ancient reformed Semitic dialect and published the translation as the Book of Mormon, fulfilling ancient biblical prophecies that the God-given covenants revealed to Moses would, in the last days of the earth, speak out of the dust.

On September 22nd, 1827 the Jewish celebration of Rosh ha-Shanah marked the beginning of a prophetic call for Joseph Smith Jr. to do a work unlike any in the modern world. Early in the morning of the Jewish feast-day Joseph Smith ushered into existence additional Judeo-Christian scripture appropriately sub-titled Another Testament of Jesus Christ and began a dispensation of revelations destined to reach beyond the community of Palmyra Township and touch the lives of men and women across the earth who would listen to this modern prophet tell of a latter-day restoration when God remembered again his ancient covenants with Israel. The significance of ha-Teurah—The Feast of Trumpets—remains somewhat unfamiliar to readers of the Book of Mormon. The Hebrew Holy Day on which this feast is celebrated did not always bear the name Rosh ha-Shanah as it did in Joseph Smith’s time of the late 1820’s. When the prophet Lehi lived at Jerusalem six hundred years before the birth of Christ, the day set apart for celebrating the Feast of Trumpets was known among Jews as ha-Zikkaron—The Day of Remembrance.

The task of producing Day of Remembrance has drawn me to reflect on the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ in our time and the modern-day restoration of ancient covenants through the prophet Joseph Smith that began with the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. May God bless your life as you come to appreciate living in the days of the fullness of times.

David G. Woolley
Springville, Utah
January 19th, 2007

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Anna of Gilbert I could

Anna of Gilbert I could kick myself. I read part of one chapter of Days of Remembrance, planned to read the rest, but time and pressing duties got in the way. When I went back, I was too late. The postings I had not read were all removed. I'm saddened that I have to wait for publication. Please hurry. I suppose it would be asking too much to get it reposted.

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about 38 chapters...

about 38 chapters...

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OK Dave - how big is this

OK Dave - how big is this novel going to be. I downloaded every chapter, printed and read them last night before going to bed. Great Story so far. Makes me laugh when you describe things that really make you believe that person is experiencing those things.
Keep it coming!

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I'm hooked. Chapter 3 is

I'm hooked. Chapter 3 is over way too quick! I like the way things are starting to align with what I know of the story.

The detail and characters make it seem more real. I love the intricate thought, creativity and planning that is obvious in these chapters. If I had the entire novel I would have read it all by now!

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I've read Chapter Two twice

I've read Chapter Two twice now, and I wanted to respond to some of your questions. The first time I read this second chapter, I was completely confused, because I'd been expecting more Jeremiah, and instead found a completely different main character and time period. Then I realized I hadn't read your Author's Note, so I went back and did that, and discovered that this was a split novel. Everything became clear after that, and I was able to relax and enjoy. Once I knew what was happening, I didn't find it jarring at all.

The plot lines have definitely engaged my attention. I'm caught up in Jeremiah's well-being after that long time in the cistern, in Danny's budding attraction to Katarina, who is a Hassidic Jew and therefore not free to offically return that attraction, and in Joseph Smith's struggle to combine everyday life with the mission that God has for him. I am fascinated by the details you've provided in the descriptions; they are many and rich, but they don't overwhelm the story and slow things down. I liked the explanation of the clocks, the calendars, and the workshop, down to the vault and the explanation that this was the very place where Laban had kept the brass plates thousands of years earlier. I was also fascinated by the detailed look into Joseph's backstory, how his family's poverty and lack of schooling was shown, and not just told.

The characters definitely created a sense of real people. I had to smile at Danny's procrasination of converting the Jewish calendar, knowing that because of his mathematical gifts, he could afford to put everything off until the last minute. I also smiled at the way he was nodding, probably with a touch of impatience, to his father, but his nodding didn't keep his father from explaining things yet again. That's all very human and very realistic! Joseph Smith also came to life very well here, with his worries about his family's monetary situation, the fact that he wants religion and is confused by his rejection by the pastors, the way he seeks friendship with more jovial men. I also liked the thoughts running through his head while the Angel Moroni was giving him instructions.

I also think the setting was very realistically done. Small things, such as Joseph getting a drink from a bucket, and sleeping in a bed with two other brothers, really added to the atmosphere of early 19th century America. We didn't have the chance to see much of Jerusalem outside the shop, but I liked the description of how the workshop had been built on the foundations of older buildings, and especially the way they hadn't had to cut any limestone away to fit the door in, because it had already been cut.

I'll admit I'm most interested in seeing more of both Jeremiah and Danny. My anticipation for Joseph Smith's story is only weakened a little bit because I already know the basic facts. I am looking forward to seeing them being fleshed out, of course, but since I don't know what will happen with Danny, that's what has caught my interest the most. Jeremiah is a close second, because although I do know something about him, it's much hazier than what I know about Joseph Smith. I hope you put the third chapter up here.

Thanks for sharing your work with us!

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Thrilled and Thrilling: We

Thrilled and Thrilling: We are thrilled that once again we can travel with you through the years of Father Lehi's descedant's adventures! You continue to weave a realistic, historic fiction that makes history come alive. Your appeal to our senses and your masterful use of literary techniques leaves us at the height of adventurous anticipation! We look forward to the publication realization.
Bob and Pat Hamilton

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