Mormon Battalion member William Bryan Pace left Salt Lake City with others trying to connect with their families that were still at Winter Quarters. It was a trying trip. Caught in a snow storm with no food he killed a donkey in hopes of luring what in for supper?
b. The date that the other men would join the church
From the life of Homer Duncan: Elder Duncan writes: “When I was fifteen years of age, I first heard a portion of the Book of Mormon read, and also the testimony of the witnesses. I was convinced of its truthfulness. In the later part of July, 1831, I had a vision. Between twelve and one o’clock, noon, while in my bedroom, my eyes were opened so that I could see far away to the west. As I looked, I saw two Elders coming to our place, who, when they arrived, said, ‘We have new manna from heaven, just sent down.; They further said that they were sowing it broadcast over the earth, and every person who partook of it, and who continued to do so, would be saved, while those that rejected it would be damned. Many partook of it, some liking it and others turning away from it. Of those that partook were my father, who was a Congregationalist deacon, Hazen Aldrich, a Methodist class leader, Daniel S. Miles, a Universalist, and Orson Johnson, an atheist. I saw them baptized on the 15th day of May, 1832, and I saw that I would be plowing in the field that day. I also saw that Hazen Aldrich would apostatize, and that I would join the Church after that. I likewise saw my brother Chapman go to the western States to be baptized. This was the end of the vision. The Elders that I saw were Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, and they did baptize the four men on the 15th day of May, 1832, and I was also ploughing in the fields on that day, as I had seen in the vision. My brother was baptized in 1832, in Jackson county, Missouri. Hazen Aldrich apostatized during the winter of 1837-38.
Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 622.