Job Smith

Job Smith

Beginning in July 1846 At Mount Pisgah a place where the pioneers had made a farm to raise sustenance for those who should follow—we fell in with a considerable number of English brethren, with whom we traveled to Council Bluffs. Distance from Nauvoo about 330 miles....
The End of the Journey

The End of the Journey

The first Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. President Brigham Young was in the group, but had fallen ill towards the end of the journey and had been riding in a wagon. On the 24th, President Young rode out with a small group of men to survey the...
Howard Egan

Howard Egan

My heart felt truly glad, and I rejoiced at having the privilege of beholding this extensive and beautiful valley, that may yet become a home for the Saints. From this point we could see the blue waters of the Salt Lake. By ascending one of the ridges at the mouth of...
Ephraim Hanks

Ephraim Hanks

Ephraim Hanks was a man renowned for his skills on the plains. He made the journey across the frontier nearly 60 times during his life. When he heard about the Saints stranded in the severe winter weather in handcart companies, he responded immediately to the call,...
Journal Excerpts from the Willie Handcart Company

Journal Excerpts from the Willie Handcart Company

Despite the hardships these Saints went through to get to the Salt Lake Valley, their faith was unshakable. It was surely strengthened by promises given them such as the following excerpt shows: Friday, September 12, 1856, near North Platte, Nebraska, Willie Company...
Mary Pay Account

Mary Pay Account

When I was in my twelfth year, my parents joined the Latter-day Saints. On the fifth of November I was baptized. The following May we started for Utah. We left our home May 19, 1856. We came to London the first day, the next day came to Liverpool and went on board the...
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