During the 1856 October General Conference, Brigham Young learned that the handcart pioneers were stranded on the Wyoming plains. He immediately asked for wagons, teams, and supplies and then canceled the remainder of conference.
What one item was not sent in the rescue of the Martin and Willie handcart companies?
b. Boots and shoes
As a youth, Brigham Young attended only eleven days of formal schooling. He later said:
Brother Heber and I never went to school until we got into Mormonism. That was the first of our schooling. We never had the opportunity of letters in our youth, but we had the privilege of picking up brush, chopping down trees, rolling log and working amongst the roots, and of getting our shins, feet and toes bruised. I learned how to make bread, wash the dishes, milk the cows and make butter; and can beat most of the women in this community at housekeeping. Those are about all the advantages I gained in my youth. I know how to economize, for my father had to do it.
Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1974), 5:97.