Thursday, June 14, 2018

Heber and his Sister’s Prayer

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Heber McBride states in his journal that as he and his family crossed the plains, he and his sister prayed for what?
a.                  That they would die
b.                  That they would make it to the Salt Lake Valley
c.                   If the Church is true
d.                  For more food
Yesterday’s answer:
A   The food was gone
1856, From Iowa to Wyoming, Willie Company, George Cunningham Journal:   We went along slowly and after a few weeks more arrived at Fort Laramie. As the provisions were very exhausted our Captain went to Fort Laramie and bought tenth or two of flour for which he had to pay $20.00 per hundred pounds. After leaving, we were met by a company of missionaries going to the States. Elder Parley P. Pratt came and talked a while to us and tried to encourage us. The nights now began to be very cold and the seed was very poor. Our provisions were running out fast. Starvation looked us in the face. We were put on rations of 6 oz of flour per day and nothing else. The old and the weak began to die off, and a great many of the young and strong soon followed suit. We were several weeks on this small ration. They called us together, and said that all the provisions were gone, except some few crackers which he had saved for the sick and the small children. There were only one or two hundred pounds of them. He said that all hands would be treated alike; that he would kill every critter in the train before any of us would die of starvation.

Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 41-42.

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