Author of “The Castle Builder,”
“A Daughter of the North,”
“John St. John,” “Romance of a Missionary,” etc.
“And they who keep their first
estate shall be added upon;
... and they who keep their second estate shall have glory
added upon their heads for ever and ever.”
The Deseret News Press
Salt Lake City, Utah
By Nephi Anderson.
By Nephi Anderson.
All Rights Reserved.
A religion, to be worth while, must give satisfactory answers to the great questions of life: What am I? Whence came I? What is the object of this life? and what is my destiny? True, we walk by faith, and not by sight, but yet the eye of faith must have some light by which to see. Added Upon is an effort to give in brief an outline of “the scheme of things,” “the ways of God to men” as taught by the Gospel of Christ and believed in by the Latter-day Saints; and to justify and praise these ways, by a glance along the Great Plan, from a point in the distant past to a point in the future—not so far away, it is to be hoped.
On subjects where little of a definite character is revealed, the story, of necessity, could not go into great detail. It is suggestive only; but it is hoped that the mind of the reader, illumined by the Spirit of the Lord, will be able to fill in all the details that the heart may desire, to wander at will in the garden of the Lord, and dwell in peace in the mansions of the Father.
Many have told me that when they read Added Upon, it seemed to have been written directly to them. My greatest reward is to know that the little story has touched a sympathetic chord in the hearts of the Latter-day Saints, and that it has brought to some aching hearts a little ray of hope and consolation.
Liverpool, November 5, 1904.
This story of things past, things present, and things to come has been before the Latter-day Saints for fourteen years. During this time, it seems to have won for itself a place in their hearts and in their literature. A reviewer of the book when it was first published said that “so great and grand a subject merits a more elaborate treatment.” Many since then have said the story should be “added upon,” and the present enlarged edition is an attempt to meet in a small way these demands. The truths restored to the earth through “Mormonism” are capable of illimitable enlargement; and when we contemplate these glorious teachings, we are led to exclaim with the poet:
“Wide, and more wide, the kindling
As love inspires, and truth its wonders tells,
The soul enraptured tunes the sacred lyre,
And bids a worm of earth to heaven aspire,
’Mid solar systems numberless, to soar,
The death of love and science to explore.”