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Title: Rescuing those on the Plains

Rescuing those on the Plains

Big Lous Hero
                       Sent in by Sarah Malcolm
Three Rescues
  • Rescue the Saints

Levi Savage
  • "Brethren and sisters, what I have said I know to
    be true but, seeing you are to go forward, I
    will go with you, will help you all I can, will
    work with you, will rest with you, will suffer
    with you, and if necessary I will die with you.
    May God in his mercy bless and preserve us. Amen"

October 5th, 1856
  • I will now give this people the subject and the
    text for the elders who may speak today and
    during the Conference. It is this On the fifth
    day of October, 1856, many of our brethren and
    sisters are on the plains with hand-carts, and
    probably many are now seven hundred miles from
    this place, and they must be brought here we
    must send assistance to them. The text will beto
    get them here!
  • "That is my religion, that is the dictation of
    the Holy Ghost that I possess it is to save this
    people. We must bring them in from the plains,
  • "I shall call upon the bishops this dayI shall
    not wait until tomorrow, nor until next dayfor
    sixty good mule teams, and twelve or fifteen
    wagons. I do not want to send oxen. I want good
    horses and mules. They are in this territory, and
    we must have them also twelve tons of flour and
    forty good teamsters, besides those that drive
    the teams.
  • "You may rise up now, and give your names

Brigham YoungAddress November 30
  • The afternoon meeting will be omitted, for I wish
    the sisters to go home and prepare to give those
    who have just arrived a mouthful of something to
    eat", and to wash them and nurse them up. . . .
    Were I in the situation of those persons who have
    just come in, . . .
  • I would give more for a dish of pudding or a
    baked potato and salt, . . . than I would for all
    your prayers, though you were to stay here all
    afternoon and pray. Prayer is good, but when
    baked potatoes and milk are needed, prayer will
    not supply their place.

  • Who do you know who needs to be rescued?

Psalm of Ammon
  • Alma 26
  • 12 Yea, I know that I am nothing as to my
    strength I am weak
  • 13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has
    he loosed from the pains of hell and they are
    brought to sing redeeming love, and this because
    of the power of his word which is in us
  • 15 Yea, they were encircled about with
    everlasting darkness and destruction but behold,
    he has brought them into his everlasting light
  • 17 Who could have supposed that our God would
    have been so merciful as to have snatched us from
    our awful, sinful, and polluted state?
  • 19 why did he not consign us to an awful
    destruction, yea, why did he not let the sword of
    his justice fall upon us, and doom us to eternal
  • 20 Oh, my soul, almost as it were, fleeth at the
    thought. Behold, he did not exercise his justice
    upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us
    over that everlasting gulf of death and misery,
    even to the salvation of our souls.
  • 21 And now behold, my brethren, what natural man
    is there that knoweth these things? I say unto
    you, there is none that knoweth these things,
    save it be the penitent.

Just one storyMary Goble
  • "My mother never got well. . . . She died
    between the Little and Big Mountains. . . .
    She was forty-three years of age. . . . We
    arrived in Salt Lake City nine o'clock at
    night the eleventh of December, 1856. Three
    out of the four that were living were frozen.
    My mother was dead in the wagon. . . .
  • "Early next morning Brigham Young came. . . .
    When he saw our condition, our feet frozen and
    our mother dead, tears rolled down his
    cheeks. . . . The doctor amputated
    my toes . . . while the sisters were
    dressing mother for
    her grave. . . . That afternoon she was buried.
  • "I have often thought of my mother's words before
    we left England.
    'Polly, I want to go to Zion while my
    children are small so that they can be
    raised in the Gospel of
    Jesus Christ.' "

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The Last Crossing of the Sweetwater
Three Rescues
  • Rescue the Saints
  • Rescue the Rescuers

Capt Edward Martins Co
  • Rations reduced to 3 oz of flour a day

Devils Gate
  • Handcart companys personal belongings were left
    at the base with brethren to guard them, and
    retrieved the next spring

Daniel Jones
  • In Feb, the first Indian came to our campAt the
    time of his arrival we were out of everything,
    having not only eaten the hides taken from the
    cattle killed, but had eaten the wrappings from
    the wagon-tongues, old moccasin-soles were eaten
    also, and a piece of buffalo hide that had been
    used for a foot mat for two months
  • -A few weeks later-
  • When another company arrived, some of our boys
    were getting the pack saddle soaked up ready for
    cooking the hide covering. Boyd always calls me
    the man that ate the pack saddle. But this is
    slander. The kindness of him and others prevented
    me from eating my part of it. I think if they had
    not arrived, probably I would have taken a wing
    or leg, but dont think I would have eaten the
    whole of it.. As it was, the saddle was allowed
    to dry up again, and may be in existence yet and
    doing well so far as I know

  • Arza Hinckley and
  • Ephraim Hanks

Three Rescues
  • Rescue the Saints
  • Rescue the Rescuers
  • Provide the saving ordinances of the Temple

3rd Rescue
  • Within the boundaries of the Riverton stake is
    Rock Creek, where the bodies of 15 members of the
    Willie Company are buried.
  • "A few years ago the spirit of the Willie people
    began to rest upon me," Pres. Lorimer said at a
    stake-wide meeting He said he had asked stake
    members to pray about the Willie Project. At
    first, he thought the inspiration he had felt was
    to petition the Lord for help in acquiring the
    site at Rock Creek, where the graves are located
  • Speaking at the stake-wide meeting, Pres. Kim W.
    McKinnon, second counselor in the stake
    presidency, told the events that made them
    understand what it was they were to accomplish.
    They had heard about Family Search, a set of
    computer tools the Church has developed for
    family history research,
  • The stake presidency felt an urgency to
    acquire Family Search for the two
    family history centers in the stake.
    The urgency was so great that Pres.
    McKinnon made a trip to
    Salt Lake
    City to iron out obstacles and expedite
    procedures so the
    stake could acquire
    the computer software

Riverton Stake Cont.
  • Pres. McKinnon related, "I asked Pres. Lorimer,
    'Why have I felt so pushed about these computers?
    Why the great sense of urgency?'
  • "Pres. Lorimer looked at me and said, 'It is the
    Willie people.'
  • "The response of the presidency was, 'What made
    you think of that?' Pres. Lorimer indicated that
    the words had come into his mind in a distinct
    and unconfused manner that he had never before
    experienced. The entire stake presidency then
    knew that the Willie Handcart Site at Rock Creek
    was only a small portion of the urging they had
    felt over the years."
  • They found that of the 15-plus one additional
    Willie pioneer who died just prior to entering
    the Salt Lake Valley-all needed some type of
    temple work to be done.
  • "We were embarrassed and humbled that these
    people had been waiting for over 135 years for
    all this to come together," Pres. McKinnon said.
  • "The sad question came why hasn't the work been
    done for these brave people who died on the high
    plains of Wyoming trying to get to a temple? Our
    research indicates that many of them did not have
    families who were members of the Church, and as
    such became lost souls with no kin to do their
    work. It is worthy of note that 100 percent of
    those that died need to be sealed to their

The Third Rescue
  • Pres. John Levi Kitchen, first counselor in the
    stake presidency, told of a 10-year-old girl from
    Denmark who was traveling with a family in the
    Willie Company to join her sister in Salt Lake
    City. She had been gathering sagebrush at Rock
    Creek to help keep the family warm and to cook
    the evening meal. Weary from her work and cold
    from the freezing temperature, she sat down by
    the handcart wheel with her arms full of
    sagebrush. Her frozen body was found the next
    morning and was buried along with 12 others who
    died during the night along Rock Creek.
  • Her name had not been listed on the register of
    the handcart company, and no record of temple
    work for her had been found prior to the research
    undertaken by the Riverton stake leaders.
  • "We asked the brethren in Salt Lake, 'Why now?'
    and 'Why us? They said this apparently wasn't
    possible until the resources were developed to
    allow it to happen. 'They died within the
    confines of your stake, and Pres. Lorimer is
    their stake president. Now that the time is right
    it should appropriately come to him
  • Pres. Lorimer told of a telephone conversation he
    had with President Hinckley regarding the
    project. "He became quite upset and asked me why
    the work for these people has not been done. And
    I said, 'President Hinckley, I don't know.' And
    he said, 'President, don't you stop until it's

Bro Webster
  • "I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and
    weary from illness and lack of food that I could
    hardly put one foot ahead of the other. I have
    looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill
    slope and I have said, I can go only that far and
    there I must give up for I cannot pull the load
    through it.
  • I have gone to that sand and when I reached it,
    the cart began pushing me! I have looked back
    many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my
    eyes saw no one. I knew then that the Angels of
    God were there.
  • "Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart?
    No! Neither then nor any minute of my life since.
    The price we paid to become acquainted with God
    was a privilege to pay
  • I am thankful that I was privileged to come in
    the Martin Handcart Company."