Nephi Anderson’s novel Added Upon does a very clean job of navigating through the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) in a clear and simple way. By addressing the belief of a Pre-Mortal existence, an Earthly existence, and a Post-Mortal existence, Anderson outlines the LDS doctrine of what is called the Plan of Salvation. This Plan is absolutely key doctrine to the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints and to understanding further doctrine and principles. Through his effective writing style and storyline choices, Anderson is able to clarify an often misunderstood piece of the restored gospel, as believed by the LDS population.
He addresses specifics of how the pre-mortal existence went, in how all of God’s children were invited to come to this Earth, and how both Christ and Lucifer volunteered their lives for the Plan. He creates a confusion in the pre-mortal existence that is relatable and understandable for all readers—he makes the scenarios very realistic. He uses an assortment of very human characters to continue his story in depicting the earthly existence to which the readers might be able to better relate to and understand because of how real the situations are. He continues to easily explain the post-mortal existence and the Millennium through using those same characters to navigate those areas of eternity as though they are really happening. This novel is actually quite novel in its approach to structure and content. It is intriguing, informational, and inspiring.