What is a “Winter Mormon?”
a. Mormons that were baptized during the winter
b. Mormons that were baptized for healing during the Winter Quarter years
c. Mormons that left Nauvoo during the winter of 1846
d. Gold seekers that stopped in Salt Lake City and were baptized during the winter of 1850
From the life of Abraham Hunsaker: He married Eliza Collings Jan. 3, 1833. They heard the gospel in the vicinity of his birthplace and were both baptized in November, 1840, by David Evans. When the law of celestial marriage was first whispered to him, he opposed it, exclaiming, “It is of the devil,” but God knew his heart and in open day a messenger from heaven with three women clothed in white raiment stood before him several feet from the ground and addressed him thus, “you never can receive a full and complete salvation in my kingdom unless your garments are pure and white and you have three counselors like me.” Thus he was convinced that the principle was right and he subsequently married five wives (two of whom survived him) and he became the father of fifty children.
Andrew Jensen, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971), 3: 415.