As Sisters in Zion

By Debbie J. Christensen

In 1852, sisters in a small village in England answered to the message of Mormon missionaries and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Julia Hill was once nineteen years outdated, and her sister, Emily, used to be in basic terms 16. After operating and saving their cash for 4 extra years, they made their approach to the US and joined the Willie handcart corporation for the onerous 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'd fail, yet jointly they can prevail and live.

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

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They endured to satisfy with rescue wagons, and even if a number of stayed with them, lots of the reduction wagons proceeded directly to relief the Martin handcart corporation. Notes bankruptcy 4: “With Earnest pastime” Epigraph: Levi Savage in Olsen, cost We Paid, 152. ^1. Chislett, “Narrative. ” ^2. Ibid. ^3. Chislett in Olsen, cost We Paid, one hundred fifty. ^4. Savage in Olsen, cost We Paid, 152. ^5. Erdman, Israel Ivins, 12. bankruptcy 5 “The Errand of Angels” We suffered past something you could think and lots of died of publicity and hunger, yet .

Resting Now from Care and Sorrow,” Hymns (1927), no. 201. ^3. Ibid. , “Come, Saints of Latter Days,” Hymns (1927), no. 208. ^4. Ibid. , “When darkish and Drear the Skies Appear,” Hymns (1927), no. 210. ^5. Ibid. , “Oh, Blest was once the Day while the Prophet and Seer,” Hymns (1927), no. 377. ^6. Ibid. , “The Day of Redemption, So close to Is at Hand,” Hymns (1927), no. 378. ^7. Ibid. , “Up! Arouse Thee, O attractive Zion,” Hymns (1927), no. 390 and no. 413. assets Consulted nice appreciation is prolonged to Janice Kapp Perry for her preliminary learn into this tale and likewise to Robert and Colleen Bentley for sharing their relatives heritage assortment.

Each folks got here via with absolutely the wisdom that God lives, for we grew to become familiar with him in our extremities. –Francis Webster Having survived the lengthy crossing and the indescribable discomfort brought on by the early Wyoming iciness, and with assistance from those that were despatched, the Willie handcart corporation arrived within the Salt Lake Valley on nine November 1856, descending into the Valley via Emigration Canyon in 4 toes of snow. President Brigham younger directed that the exhausted humans be taken into houses and nursed again to well-being over the wintry weather.

Synopsis of the 4th Handcart Company’s journey from Liverpool, England, to nice Salt Lake urban within the Spring, summer season and Autumn of 1856. ” November nine, 1856. In magazine historical past of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church historical past Library, Salt Lake urban, Utah. web pages “Alexandrina Bray. ” Barbarowa family tree. http://brooklyncentre. com/trees/getperson. Hypertext Preprocessor? personID=I16374&tree=Brainard. Chislett, John. “Narrative. ” In Mormon Pioneer Overland commute, 1847–1868. http://lds. org/churchhistory/library/source/1,18016,4976–86169,00.

In my dream, I observed Julia and Emily stranded within the snow close to the windy summit of Rocky Ridge in western Wyoming with others within the Willie handcart corporation. The younger ladies have been shivering from the chilly, and Julia used to be sitting down within the snow. It used to be transparent that she had reached the top of her patience and used to be not able to move on. Her more youthful sister, Emily—who used to be herself freezing—lifted Julia to her toes. Julia started to weep, yet no tears got here, merely tender whimpering sounds. Emily lovingly wrapped her fingers round her sister, and jointly they made their approach slowly to their handcart and endured the torturous climb up Rocky Ridge.

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