By Andrew D Olsen,Jolene S. Allphin,Julie Rogers
James G. Willie knew the trek will be exhausting while he left Iowa urban in July 1856, prime 500 handcart pioneers on a 1,300-mile trip around the plains.
But he couldn't have recognized that his humans could run out of foodstuff whereas nonetheless hundreds of thousands of miles from Salt Lake urban nor that the wintry weather of 1856 could commence in the midst of October with lengthy, critical storms. Sixty-nine participants of his corporation might die alongside the way.
Yet from this tragedy emerged victorious tales of non-public persistence, braveness, heroism, and unwavering faith.
Follow Me to Zion recounts 20 compelling tales of individuals of the Willie handcart corporation and their rescuers.
Dozens of full-color pictures by way of artist Julie Rogers enhance this memento quantity, which will pay tribute to the lads, girls, and youngsters who've develop into enduring witnesses of the facility of religion and sacrifice.
Here you'll find excerpts from their very own bills of the adventure, study what these trustworthy pioneers did after attaining the Salt Lake Valley, and skim reflections on their lives by way of descendants.
The easy phrases “Follow Me to Zion,” cross-stitched onto small items of material stored within the magazine of a handcart pioneer, are a call for participation that also calls to us today.
The tales and work during this attractive quantity can motivate us to dwell real to our religion and succeed in out to assist others do likewise.