As Sisters in Zion

By Debbie J. Christensen

In 1852, sisters in a small village in England spoke back to the message of Mormon missionaries and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Julia Hill used to be nineteen years previous, and her sister, Emily, was once merely 16. After operating and saving their funds for 4 extra years, they made their technique to the USA and joined the Willie handcart corporation for the laborious trip to the Salt Lake Valley. confronted with exhaustion, hunger, publicity, or even demise, they reinforced each other and intensified their get to the bottom of. on my own they might fail, yet jointly they can be successful and live.

Emily later wrote a poem approximately her event, which has been set to tune and sung via reduction Society sisters around the globe. however the tale of that hymn, "As Sisters in Zion," is greater than the event of 2 sisters. at the back of this recognized music lies a desirable, little-known tale of the sisters, own name to "comfort the weary and advance the weak."

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Ups and downs are our destiny; for the simplest ’tis I ween, a few woes we put out of your mind as if ne’er that they had been, yet whereas reminiscence her carry of my being keeps I’ll keep in mind the lesson I discovered at the plains. If fortune withholds what I deem will be reliable, i attempt to be grateful for safeguard and nutrition. If disposed e’er to murmur, the want is managed, whilst i feel of that season of starvation and chilly. eight Notes bankruptcy 3: “The advantages of God on Our Labors We’ll search” Epigraph: Woodmansee, “Hunger and Cold,” in Abegg, Poetry of Emily Woodmansee, 168. ^1. Chislett, “Narrative. ” ^2. Willie, “Synopsis,” eleven. ^3. “Latest information from the Plains. ” ^4. Willie, “Synopsis,” eleven. ^5. William Woodward in Smith, “Faithful Stewards. ” ^6. Woodmansee in Crocheron, consultant ladies of Deseret, 86. ^7. Olsen, expense We Paid, 132–33. ^8. Woodmansee, “Hunger and Cold,” in Abegg, Poetry of Emily Woodmansee, 168–70. bankruptcy 4 “With Earnest pastime” We buried our useless, received up our groups, and approximately nine o’clock a. m. began ascending the Rocky Ridge. This was once a critical day. The wind blew lousy challenging and chilly. The ascent was once a few 5 miles lengthy and a few locations steep and lined with deep snow. We turned weary, sat right down to leisure, and a few turned chilled and began to freeze. —Levi Savage Snow persisted to fall for the following few days, and it turned obtrusive that the comfort wagons jam-packed with foodstuff, bedding, and garments have been ready out the typhoon someplace relatively shut handy. Captain Willie and Joseph Elder left the Saints on the 6th Crossing of the Sweetwater to attempt and locate the wagons and apprise the leaders of the destitute scenario of the Saints through the Sweetwater. 3 days after their departure, the 2 males back. They have been heavily by way of numerous coated wagons, each one pulled through 4 horses. As John Chislett recalled: the scoop ran throughout the camp like wildfire, and all who have been capable of depart their beds became out en masse to determine them. . . . Shouts of pleasure hire the air; powerful males wept until tears ran freely down their furrowed and sun-burnt cheeks, and little kids partook of the enjoyment which a few of them hardly ever understood, and reasonably danced round with gladness. . . . The brethren have been so triumph over that they can now not for a while utter a notice. 1 Chislett was once installed cost of the distribution of nutrients and garments and bedding, and suggested: That night, for the 1st time in really a interval, the songs of Zion have been to be heard within the camp, and peals of laughter issued from the little knots of individuals as they chatted round the fires. The switch appeared virtually mind-blowing, so unexpected used to be it from grave to homosexual, from sorrow to gladness, from mourning to rejoicing. With the cravings of starvation happy, and with hearts packed with gratitude to God and our reliable brethren, all of us united in prayer, after which retired to leisure. 2 It used to be October 23, 1856, and the ascent of Rocky Ridge—the Gethsemane in their sacrifice—was nonetheless forward. Rocky Ridge is called where the place many participants of the Willie corporation met their Maker.

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