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Submitted by Steven ODell on 9 July 2007 - 12:48am. | | | |

Author's note: This portion deals partially with the married life and honeymoon of the Jameson's. Although it is not soft-porn by any stretch of the imagination, it does get more personal, playful and tender than the other portions of the story, but that is to be expected at this stage of their relationship. Anything less would not be convincing or realistic. If you are offended, please do tell me and I will consider revision (if you can offer an alternative) or removal of the story from this site.

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Summary:

Things should now be peaceful for Ron and Denise Jameson. All of their problems have seemingly been solved. They are a newly married couple and are supposed to be enjoying their honeymoon in Hawaii. The painful truth is that the past does indeed come back to haunt. In their case, a man who should be dead and completely gone from their lives is still making a hell on earth for them and there will be no peace until this ghostly and persistent evil is vanquished once and for all. Their happiness and their sanities depend upon it.

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Submitted by Steven ODell on 8 July 2007 - 11:35pm. | | | | |

Ronald Jameson is an ordinary man; unassuming and not noteworthy to those he passes on the street each day. He minds his own business and keeps to himself socially. The truth is that he has no social life. Events in his past have caused great pain and there seems little chance they will ever be rectified in his lifetime—that is, until he meets Denise Payton, a marvelous woman he rescues from a raving madman she wants to leave behind as quickly as possible.

Denise has a problem more serious than anything she has ever dealt with—a problem that could cost her very life. In fact, it could also cost her newfound love interest his life. The problem is Ted Randall; an ex-boyfriend, mentally and emotionally unstable, who thinks the world revolves around his needs and him alone. Ted is evil incarnate and never lets anyone forget it.

Fate has drawn these three together for a purpose both dizzyingly wonderful and infinitely frightening. Before their ordeal is over, Ron and Denise will face the trials of nature in a mountainous region, their own weaknesses and the worst that their unrelenting and formidable antagonist can throw at them. Facing these challenges may bring them closer together—or it may tear them apart forever. Before they can discover the answer, they must first survive.

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Submitted by Steven ODell on 5 July 2007 - 11:23pm. | | | | | |

Life is full of choices, but when Jenna must decide between two men who come into her life, she finds that decisions are not always easy and appearances are not always what they seem. The rest of her life—and ultimately, the life of the man she chooses—hangs in the balance. There is literally no room for mistakes. She must choose correctly.

The tale continues. This time Ron and Denise must help to protect and console some new young friends that are enfolded in trials as severe as they come. These trials are literally a matter of life and death to these two young lovers, a condition with which Ron and Denise Jameson can identify and which they understand fully. Dangers will come from sources unforeseen and unexpected. They can only hope that help will do the same.

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Submitted by Marcia Mickelson on 28 February 2007 - 12:22pm. | | |

Kelly is in her last year of college and reluctantly moves into the home of her mother’s new husband, Malcolm. For the past year, Mitch Kimball has been living with Malcolm while Mitch’s parents are on a mission. The new living condition gets off to a rocky start as Mitch is annoyed by Kelly’s sloppy habits. Kelly has better things to do than pick up after herself; she is convinced that accused murderer Brett Jensen is innocent. Meanwhile, Mitch, a return missionary who takes pride in being a good Mormon, can’t help but judge Kelly for some of her choices. As Mitch begins to admire Kelly for qualities he had not readily noticed in her, Kelly begins to realize the importance of integrity in a mate. Kelly continues to delve into the Brett Jensen case, which could lead to dangerous results.

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

The following is copywrited material. Any use of this work or a portion of this work for any purpose including but not limited to reprinting, broadcasting, electronic transmission, or publication without the express written permission of the author is prohibited by law.

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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Submitted by Dave Free on 16 January 2007 - 1:27pm. | | | |

"And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth..." D&C 93:39

Enjoy!

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