What was Joseph Smith’s first calling?
a. Priest Quorum President
C. 4:1 Non-Mormons over Mormons
Beginning in 1847 with the first “Pioneer Company”, the exodus to the Great Salt Lake valley started. They still had to cross all of modern-day Nebraska and Wyoming, as well as eastern Utah. They followed parts of the existing Oregon Trail but in many places made their own trail across the plains. Sometimes the Mormon Trail went parallel to the Oregon Trail on the opposite side of a river, to keep the Saints separated from the more numerous groups headed for Oregon or California. (More than four times as many non-Mormons as Mormons crossed the plains during the mid-1800’s.)
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 4.