Get That Gold! • Adventures of the Restoration Book 1

by L. T. Downing
Book One in the Adventures of the Restoration Series.

Recommended for Middle Grades 4-8 and up. (Student Readers ages 9-13 and up, their parents and siblings)

In the Adventures of the Restoration series, award-winning author L.T. Downing brings early church history to life in the way young readers crave—with exciting, fast-paced stories about the real people and events of the Restoration era. Readers will have a front-row seat as Joseph Smith fights off attackers who would steal the gold plates, as Martin Harris loses the 116 pages of the translated manuscript, and as the young Prophet, his family, and friends face the persecutors, politicians and traitors that ultimately drove the Latter-day Saints from state after state in their quest for the freedom to worship. Parents are sure to find the Adventures of the Restoration series is not only fun, but an invaluable tool in the education and inspiration of their children. The accounts in the Adventures of the Restoration series revolve around the actual players of the Restoration era and dramatize true events. (Historical Fiction)

BOOK ONE in the Adventures of the Restoration SERIES
History as it has never been told before! In Get That Gold!, L.T. Downing unleashes her unique storytelling skills, weaving an unforgettable, fast-paced adventure for young readers that explores the perils encountered by Joseph Smith when local rapscallions and thieves plot to steal the sacred golden record for their own financial gain. Joseph, alone, must protect the plates of gold, or, as the Angel Moroni warned, he will lose them. In Get That Gold!, young readers will experience the adventure that is history and come away with a deeper appreciation for the challenges faced by the young Prophet—all while having fun reading.

Reading age 10-16+ (Grade 5+)


  • # of pages: 142
  • 5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
  • Black & White on Cream paper
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615885520 (Zion BookWorks)
  • ISBN-10: 0615885527
  • Young Adult [Juvenile] Historical Fiction
  • List Price: $10.95

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Reviewed by Kristie Wilkins for the Association for Mormon Letters.

“Over the years many versions of the events leading up to and involved in the restoration of the Gospel have been written and shared.   As Latter-Day Saints we believe that these events are the most critical events in the history of the world save the Atonement and Resurrection of the Savior.  It is only natural that what happened during that time should intrigue the mind and capture the imagination.  That the events that took place during the restoration were not only sacred in nature but an intense, dangerous and thrilling “adventure” is the premise of author L.T. Downing’s new series, “The Adventures of the Restoration.” In the first books of her series, Downing has chosen to highlight two pivotal moments in the bringing to light of “The Book of Mormon.” …

Author L.T. Downing is a talented storyteller.  Downing weaves fascinating and heart-pumping tales from LDS church history that make oft-told stories come alive.   She has the ability to take her readers into the story so that they feel the emotions of her characters as they experience some of the most critical moments and turning points of the restoration of the Gospel.

Downing also captures the complexity and nuances of her character’s personalities.  For example Lucy Harris, so often seen as a one dimensional villain in historical accounts, is portrayed as a complicated woman who struggles not only with her faith but with loneliness.  She is shown as a woman who allows fear to drive her decisions to the point where, instead of drawing her husband home, she alienates him and drives him to make decisions that could ultimately destroy not only their marriage and his relationship with the prophet
but his own soul as well.  The reader can almost feel sorry for her at times and at others nothing but disdain…
Downing knows her audience well! While I had some questions about some of characterizations, my son thought I was just crazy — he loved the books.  And he, after all, is who Downing is writing for!
… As with earlier historical fiction … these books merit a wide readership.  They are sure to awaken a love for Church history in LDS youth, and will help build a testimony that will last them a lifetime.  Young people have many years ahead of them to sort through what is fact and what is enhancement.
 I hope to see more of this series and am fascinated with the idea of which “Adventure of the Restoration” she will choose to focus on next.”

(Read Kristie’s entire review: HERE)


Here’s what readers are saying about GET THAT GOLD!

Fun and Interesting, by Jonas H.

I’m 13 and this book was written for kids who are younger than me. I still liked reading it, though. I thought it presented the story of Joseph Smith in a way that is fun and interesting for kids. Probably mostly Mormons would like it, but the good thing about it is that non-Mormon kids could read it and like it too. It’s not preachy, it’s just a good story.

A Great Story to Read to Your Kids, by Sarah Dunster

Get That Gold is eminently worth your time. I loved this story, and I know my kids will love it, and I fully plan on reading it to them as a bedtime story for the next several nights. I was deeply touched by this story. I loved the depiction of Joseph, especially. I was moved to tears at times. I loved the depiction of Emma. I loved Joseph’s family. I can tell that Downing put a great deal of time and effort into her research, and as a reader I trust that. I really enjoyed being transported into the setting and time period of the restoration. Above all, I felt the excitement, the deep and spiritual profundity, of Joseph and his retrieval of the Gold Plates.

 Historically accurate and entertaining! by Amazon Customer

I liked this book. I started out reading this to my boys ages 7 and 5. They liked the action parts but some of the vocabulary was advanced for them. I think they will love this when they are a little older and better able to grasp the concepts and characters. It was a quick read. The book stays true to history and makes it easy to reference the historic account of Joseph Smith. Through the author you could feel the enormous burden/blessing placed in Joseph’s care as he received the gold plates. I also felt the anxiety and helplessness that his family must have felt as they tried to help in whatever way they could. I definitely recommend this book!

Brings the Restoration to life! by Jessica Kern

I fully admit, I was apprehensive to read this book. As a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I revere Joseph Smith as a prophet of God and the Restoration is a real event to me.

But I didn’t need to fear! L.T. Downing brings the events of the Restoration to life with both excitement and historical accuracy. Though the events take place over only two days, the pace of the book and the short chapters keep you turning the pages. The characters are realistic, with thoughts and feelings that correspond to Joseph Smith’s own written accounts of the events. I felt that I got to know Joseph Smith a little better, and was able to put myself in his shoes as he faced the prospect of finally getting the gold plates–a prospect both much anticipated and feared, and for good reason! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it made me want to re-read the historical accounts. (A note to parents: Downing makes it easy for you to share the historical accounts with your kids. In the endnotes, she references chapter 22 of _History of Joseph Smith by His Mother_.) Downing took very few fictional liberties and stays true to history, while placing you in the woods of Palmyra on that fateful September day.

Though the book is aimed at kids, I would recommend it to adults too! My 1st grader, who is an advanced reader, enjoyed it as well, though some of the vocabulary was over her head. I would recommend it to readers ages 8 and up.


L. T. Downing was interviewed by Scott and Connor Hales on the blog Modern Mormon Men about this novel. CLICK HERE



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