The novel does have potential to accomplish some great things. Depicting the Plan of Salvation in a narrative way can make it more accessible for people and help readers understand the doctrines of the plan in a personal way as they read about how it applies to fictional characters they can relate to.
However, the novel falls short of its potential to accomplish these two feats for a couple reasons. First, the characters are extremely flat and don't fully develop. They face struggles and trials, but instead of showing the reader how the characters grew from these difficulties, Anderson simply has them miraculously find the Gospel and immediately accept it, which suddenly solves all their problems. It almost makes the characters seem like they're practicing blind obedience instead of faith because the reader never sees the characters' faith grow. They don't see the character come to believe, they simply see the character suddenly believe which is hard to relate to.
It also falls short because it conveys the Gospel in a very didactic, preachy way. In a novel this can come across as abrasive because the lessons of a story should naturally spring from the story, not be forced on the readers. Readers want to find the lesson for themselves and this novel doesn't give them that opportunity. Instead to blatantly states it, making the lesson and not the story the focus of the novel.
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