I’m sure we as Latter-day Saints can see the hand of Heavenly Father in our lives every day. The older I get the easier it is for me to see these blessings and increases my faith that Heavenly Father truly cares for us. The early pioneers were no different. Whereas certain aspects of our lives are far easier than theirs, their faith was strong to carry them through day to day and from year to year. What did Abigail Cox Heaton’s family pray for during the early years of Manti?
c. A nicer cabin
Margaret McNeil Ballard recalled, their food “gave out,” and they arrived in Ogden in October 1859 without a cent and very weak with hunger. Seeing a pile of squash in a field, Margaret’s mother sent her to beg for some at the home nearby. The old woman who answered Margaret’s knock at the door said, “’ Come in, come in, I knew you were coming and have been told to give you food.’ She gave me a large loaf of fresh bread,” Margaret recounted, and later “she came and brought us a nice cooked dinner.”
Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 242.