Category Mormon Pioneers

Capturing the Holy City, Part II: The Great Basin Kingdom

In 1898, President Wilford Woodruff stood before the Saints in General Conference and recalled a priesthood meeting in the early days of the Church where Joseph Smith stood and stated, “I want to say to you before the Lord, that you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe […]

What Shall We Give?–Christmas Reflections on the Life of Francis Webster

What shall we give to the babe in the manger, What shall we offer the child in the stall? Incense and spices and gold we’ve a-plenty- Are these the gifts for the king of us all?   What shall we give to the boy in the temple, What shall we offer the man by the […]

Orson Pratt: The Gage of Philosophy

Recently, I asked many of my friends and associates to name five general authorities from the Church in the 1800’s. The most-mentioned men were Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, and John Taylor.  Not one mentioned Orson Pratt. This apostle, known by some in the Church (mostly just as one of the […]

Zera Pulsipher–The Man Who Baptized Wilford Woodruff

Zera Pulsipher was one of my ancestors–a good man who did a lot of great things. These are a few of his stories. Everyone has a story. That’s what makes history so interesting—the experiences of people. Some of those people are our ancestors, which gives added interest when their stories are found. In encouraging us […]

Handcart Myth and Fact

For some must push and some must pull As we go marching up the hill; So merrily on our way we go Until we reach the Valley-o. We talk much of the sacrifices of the handcart pioneers, focusing particularly on the faithfulness in times of tragedy that the Willie and Martin handcart companies experienced. Our […]