What was The New York Times biggest fear in regards to Johnston’s army expedition to Utah?
a. That they couldn’t find Utah if their lives depended on it
b. That when they arrived in Utah, that the Mormons would wipe out the army
c. That they would find Utah desolate
d. That they couldn’t travel to Utah as well as the Mormon women and children
A. Calm the ocean
This couple [Thomas and Margaret Rees] with their eight children and the wife’s father, Henry Davis, sailed April 19, 1856, from Liverpool, England, with 707 saints on the ship Samuel Curling under the direction of Dan Jones. The voyage was long, rough, and tedious. While at sea, a terrible storm raged, and the Saints feared for their lives. Even the captain told them to get ready for the worst as they feared they could not weather the storm. He begged them to pray, and they all prayed earnestly. Father Rees was in his cabin when they rushed in to him in fear, begging him to do something to save them. He arose and went out on deck where he commanded the storm to cease and the waves to be still. A miracle was wrought, and peace descended over them. They reached land in safety and humility.
Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:357.