“I will never get over being thankful to them; I hope you never get over being thankful to them. I hope that we will always remember them. … Let us read again and again, and read to our children or our children’s children, the accounts of those who suffered so much”
Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News, 31 July 1999, p. 5
Class Member Study Guide
Food for Thought
- What is the Gospel? What is the ‘good news’, and what role does it play in your life?
- What do we mean by saying that ours is a message of ‘saving’?
- In what ways do we need to be rescued, and how can we most effectively rescue others?
Material Shared in Class
- “Handcart Pioneers” – the story of how 2 of the 10 handcart companies fell on hard times
- Distance from Salt Lake City, UT to Martin’s Cove, WY, where the companies were stranded: 351 miles
- Average speed of a wagon company, on flat ground, in good weather: 20 miles per day
- Minimum amount of time a Rescuer would reasonably expect to be gone from home as he set out to help: 28 days
- “Remember in all things the poor and the needy…”
- “Faith, hope, charity, and love…qualify him or her for the work…”
- “How great is His joy in the soul that repenteth!”
- Stories of women crossing the Sweetwater River to help in the Rescue
- BYU Studies | “Another look at the Sweetwater River rescue” (there were more than just 3 boys who helped…)
- BYU Studies | “One Handcart Pioneer’s Faith and Sacrifice” (Francis Webster, the man who rebuked the critics of handcart companies…)
- Ardis Parshalls’ blog post on Lesson 35
- Journal of Mormon History | Sobering historical account of the events leading up to the Handcart disasters
- Mormon Channel Podcast #49 – Sweetwater Rescue
- Journal of Patience Loader, a british immigrant who crossed in the Martin Company