In his journal, Howard Egan tells about being woke up at 3:30 am as the guards of the first company of Saints on the Mormon Trail shot at what sneaking up to the wagons?
C. 5 years
It was this personal witness of truth that anchored men and women to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While for Sarah Leavitt the witness or testimony came fast and forcefully, others labored long months or even years before deciding that Mormonism “Laid a foundation that could be built upon that was permanent.” Eliza R. Snow, poet and prominent leader of Mormon women, was five years in determining whether or not to be baptized a Latter-day Saint. But after extensively counting the cost, she “laid my earthly all? Upon the altar, and with purpose fix’d/Unalterable . . . am determined now to be a Saint.”
Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 3.