"In Our Lovely Deseret" was a popular Mormon hymn in the nineteenth century that urged Latter-day Saints to be "polite," "affable and kind," and to "treat everybody right." In this anthology of the same title, good manners and proper etiquette are the least of anyone's worries among the complexities of post-modern life.
As circumstances change, some people become confused and angst-ridden. Others take everything in stride. In this collection, there are stories that are both tragic and those that are more tender, quietly satisfying portrayals of regular folk growing up and growing old in Utah. Whether poignant or lightly entertaining, all of the tales introduce characters who are likeable and engaging—people who seem familiar in situations that are typically Mormon.
The Association for Mormon Letters awarded Helen Walker Jones Best Short Story for her contribution to this anthology.