Fire of the Covenant

Fire of the Covenant PDF

Author: Gerald N. Lund

Publisher: Bookcraft, Incorporated

Published: 2005

Total Pages: 764

ISBN-13: 9781590384114


In the summer of 1856, three companies of handcarts were outfitted and sent west from Iowa to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. All went well, and they arrived without undue incident. But two additional companies - one captained by James G. Willie, and the other by Edward Martin - left England late in the season. Whey they arrived at Iowa City, they were long past the time for safe departure across the plains. By the time they left Florence, Nebraska, with still more than a thousand miles to go, it was near the end of August. As if that were not serious enough, President Brigham Young thought that the arrival of the third company ended the migration for that season and ordered the resupply wagons back to Salt Lake. Fire of the Covenant is the story of those handcart pioneers and their exodus to the Salt Lake Valley. Author Gerald N. Lund has used the same techniques present in The Work and the Glory series to blend fictional characters into the tapestry of actual historical events, making this a story filled with all the elements of great drama - tragedy, triumph, pathos, courage, sacrifice, surrender and faith.

Excavating Mormon Pasts

Excavating Mormon Pasts PDF

Author: Newell C. Bringhurst

Publisher: Greg Kofford Books

Published: 2004-08-31

Total Pages: 457



Winner of the Special Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association Excavating Mormon Pasts assembles sixteen knowledgeable scholars from both LDS and the Community of Christ traditions who have long participated skillfully in this dialogue. It presents their insightful and sometimes incisive surveys of where the New Mormon History has come from and which fields remain unexplored. It is both a vital reference work and a stimulating picture of the New Mormon History in the early twenty-first century.

Devil's Gate

Devil's Gate PDF

Author: David Roberts

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2008

Total Pages: 419

ISBN-13: 1416539883


Traces the tragedy-marked 1856 journey of three thousand Mormons from Iowa to Utah, explaining how leader Brigham Young disregarded warnings and then convinced his followers that hardships and deaths were part of a higher plan.

By the Skin of His Teeth: The Story of Thomas Durham: Pioneer, Musician

By the Skin of His Teeth: The Story of Thomas Durham: Pioneer, Musician PDF

Author: Paul Denis Durham


Published: 2010-03-02

Total Pages: 128

ISBN-13: 0615357628


The story of a Mormon pioneer who triumphed over hardship, came to a new land, established a settlement in a new territory, became a renowned musician and teacher, local businessman, and church leader. Includes a sketch of his life written by his son, Alfred M. Durham and Thomas Durham's personal journal covering the years 1854 to 1871.

Go and Bring Them in

Go and Bring Them in PDF

Author: Ross Buckwalter

Publisher: CreateSpace

Published: 2015-06-30

Total Pages: 444

ISBN-13: 9781508937906


Franklin D. Richards, just released as president of the LDS Church's European Mission, based in London, arrived in Salt Lake City in the company of several other returned missionaries on October 4, 1856. They immediately met with Brigham Young and other leaders and gave them the news that there were two more handcart companies on the plains en route to Utah. The Richards party had passed these companies on the trail in early September and realized that, because those with handcarts traveled much more slowly, they were still a long distance from Salt Lake City. The leaders in Salt Lake had been well aware of three handcart companies crossing the plains that year; two companies had arrived in Salt Lake City on September 26 and the third a few days later. All were greeted with a celebration of their accomplishments and welcomed into the city, but they had no idea there were two more companies still out. The mood quickly changed from a celebratory one to one of great concern for the safety of these additional groups. President Young and the other leaders immediately realized the gravity of the situation: the two companies still out were made up of several hundred immigrants from Europe. They included men, women, and children, who had no experience at all on the plains and were traveling with a minimum of food and supplies. The leaders realized that as the season got later these people could be in a very dangerous situation. This news, concerning as it was, could not have come at a better time. The next day, Sunday, October 5, was the semi-annual Mormon general conference, and people from Salt Lake and the surrounding communities would be gathering in the Tabernacle to hear from their leaders. Brigham Young realized that they must get a rescue effort started as soon as possible, and the conference presented the perfect opportunity to gather volunteers. In the morning session of conference, Brigham Young arose to speak and immediately told the congregation about the situation and what was needed. Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with handcarts, and probably many are now 700 miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them . . . and bring them in before winter sets in. President Young asked those who were willing to join the rescue party to "give their names this morning, if they are ready to start on their journey tomorrow, and not say, 'I will go next week, or in ten days, or in a fortnight hence, ' for I wish you to start tomorrow morning. . . . You may rise up now and give your names." He also asked the women of the Church to help by providing blankets and clothing for those in the handcart companies. Lucy Meserve Smith, who was Relief Society President in Provo, recorded: "The sisters stripped off their Peticoats, stockings and everything they could spare, right there in the Tabernacle to be packed with foodstuffs into wagons." Thus began one of the most incredible rescue efforts in the history of the West. This volume tells the story of the heroic efforts made by the rescuers over the ensuing two months. They voluntarily put themselves at great risk; they were away from home and family much longer and had to travel much farther, through more difficult weather conditions, than anyone anticipated as they answered Brigham Young's call to "go and bring in those people now on the plains." Quoting Wallace Stegner: Perhaps their suffering seems less dramatic because the handcart pioneers bore it meekly, praising God, instead of fighting for life with the ferocity of animals. . . . And assuredly the handcart pilgrims were less hardy, less skilled, less well equipped to be pioneers. But if courage and endurance make a story, if human kindness and helpfulness and brotherly love in the midst of raw horror are worth recording, this half-forgotten episode of the Mormon migration is one of the great tales of the West and of America.