• “Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days” is written for a global audience of all ages but with an emphasis on young adults in the church.

• The first volume, “The Standard of Truth,” is available now in print and, for free, online. Volumes two through four will be released in the next several years.

• The first volume begins with church founder Joseph Smith’s childhood in 1815 and ends in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1846.

• The last time the church published an official multivolume history was in 1930, before church membership had reached 1 million and when most Latter-day Saints lived in North America. Today, the Utah-based church has more than 16 million members worldwide.

• Readers can learn more about the people, places and topics in the books through primary sources, topical essays and multimedia resources at saints.lds.org.

• The book is available for free online and on the Gospel Library app in 14 languages. The paperback is available in English at store.lds.org, Church Distribution Centers and other retail outlets for $5.75. E-book and audiobook versions will be available on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Kobo and Audible.

• Print editions in Cebuano, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog and Tongan will be available later this year.

Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints