John Bond—Hodgett Wagon Company
“All at once, Sister Scott sprang to her feet in the wagon and screamed out at the top of her voice; “I see them coming! I see them coming! Surely they are angels from heaven!” At such a thing being said I looked the way she was looking but could not see anything.
“All kept looking to the westward for the moving objects, when all commenced to see in the distance at the curve of the hill, what Sister Scott saw, appearing to be three men on horses, driving another slowly in the deep crusted snow, as the wolves howled from all directions. As the moving objects could be seen distinctly, a general cry rent the air. Hurrah! Hurrah! Some of the voices choked with laughter and falling tears. They were tickled to know that they were to be saved and delivered from the fears of an ignominious death. When Sister Scott waved her shawl calling, “We are saved!” It was so loud that all the camp could hear her, and [they cried], “It is! It is surely the relief party from Utah.”
“Joseph A. Young, Daniel W. Jones and Abraham Garr came into camp with a small dun colored pack mule packed with supplies which caused much rejoicing throughout the camp with Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! again and again. The broken hearted mothers ran, clasping their emaciated arms around the necks of the relief party, kissing them time and time again as do the brethren also, rushing up in groups to fall on their necks, the tears falling from their eyes in profusion. They are overjoyed to think that all were soon to have relief and care for the living and sick, [and] burial for the dead. [The cry] “God bless Brigham Young and the rescuing parties sent out to help all to the valleys over the snowclad Rocky Mountains,” was heard all over the camp.”
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Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford–Martin Handcart Company
“It will be readily perceived that under such adverse circumstances I had become despondent. I was six or seven thousand miles from my native land, in a wild, rocky, mountain country, in a destitute condition, the ground covered with snow, the waters covered with ice, and I with three fatherless children with scarcely nothing to protect them from the merciless storms. When I retired to bed that night, being the 27th of October, I had a stunning revelation. In my dream, my husband stood by me and said— “Cheer up, Elizabeth, deliverance is at hand.” The dream was fulfilled.
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John Chislett—Willie Handcart Company
“As we traveled along, we presented a singular, and sometimes an affecting appearance. The young and strong went along gaily with their carts but the old people and little children were to be seen straggling a long distance in the rear. Sometimes, when the little folks had walked as far as they could, their fathers would take them on their carts, and thus increase the load that was already becoming too heavy as the day advanced. But what will parents not do to benefit their children in time of trouble? The most affecting scene, however, was to see a mother carrying her child mile after mile, until nearly exhausted. The heat was intense, and the dust suffocating, which rendered our daily journeys toilsome in the extreme.”
The Willie Handcart Company of 1856 began their journey from Florence, Nebraska, around August 18. The members of the party were given a pound of flour per day, fresh beef occasionally, and each ‘hundred’ members of the party shared three or four milk cows.
President Kimball teaches that one of the most important words in the Book of Mormon is “remember”—it appears some 300 times. One of many accounts which admonishes remembrance of God’s great mercy and power in our lives is in Alma 36: Alma testified, “I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me.