Who held the distinction of being Joseph Smith’s armor bearer during Zions’ Camp?
a. Porter Rockwell
b. Parley P. Pratt
c. Brigham Young
d. George A. Smith
By late August 1845, Brigham Young and his closest advisers in Nauvoo had decided to relocate their people at least temporarily to the Great Basin, though this decision did not become general knowledge among the church’s rank and file for nearly a year. In New York City, meanwhile, Samuel Brannan, an energetic, extremely ambitious LDS lecturer, promoter, and newspaper editor received encouragement from Young to establish a colony of Mormon converts on the Pacific Coast in Northern California. “I wish you together with your . . . paper and ten thousand of the brethren,” Young wrote Brannan in September 1845, “were now in California at the Bay of San Francisco, and if you can clear yourself and go there do so and we will meet you there.”
Gold Rush Saints, Kenneth N. Owens, (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma: 2005), 32.