In my religion, doing geneology is a big thing, and I grew up hearing stories of my ancestors. For about 6 generations back, most of my ancestors were "mormon", so I am definitely "dyed in the wool". Many of my ancestors came across the plains with Brigham Young, and settled in Utah. Most of them were English and Welsh, but I did have one Danish grandmother. Hers is quite an interesting story. I hope I can remember the details right to tell you.
Let me start with my (I can't remember how many greats) grandfather's story first. He lived back East, and was married. He had a lot of problems with his legs. I'm not sure what the problem was, but he suffered from pain in his legs. He prayed for help, and one night he had a dream. In the dream, he saw two men, and understood that they could cure him of his ailment. Not long after, he was walking down the street and saw two mormon missionaries. He recognized them from his dream, and went over and introduced himself. He asked them if they had any way to cure his leg ailment. They taught him about the church, and laid their hands on his head to bless him to be healed. His legs were cured! He studied about the church and joined. But his wife and parents were very upset. They literally thought he was crazy to join the mormons. One night he over heard them say that if he didn't renounce the church the next day, they would have him committed to an asylum. He didn't need any more convincing; he packed up his things and left in the middle of the night. He then went west with the other pioneers.
My grandmother joined the church in England at a young age. She really felt a strong desire to join with the other church members in going west with Brigham Young. Her father, although she was young, supported her in this decision, and told her that if she ever wanted to come back to England, he would pay her way. He then paid her passage on a ship headed for America with the other church members who were headed west.
As the ship sailed across the ocean, a terrible storm arose, and the whole company feared for their lives. The captain of the ship encouraged the people to pray. The mormons all prayed together, and the winds stopped. In fact, they stopped too much, and they had to pray for them to start up enough to get the ship going again. :) The rest of the trip went very well.
My grandmother had paid her passage on a wagon to Utah. But when she gathered with the other pioneers, she learned that there was an elderly woman who was scheduled to leave by handcart, but who was too ill to make the trip. So she voluntarily gave up her paid seat on the wagon so that the woman could ride to Utah. My grandmother then joined a handcart company and walked to Utah.
When she and my grandfather both got to Utah, neither of them had a spouse. (At that time in history, our church was practicing "plural marriage", which meant that a man could have more than one wife.) Brigham Young suggest that the two of them marry, so they did! The only draw back was that she was Danish and spoke no English. He was English and spoke no Danish. But somehow they learned how to communicate with each other, and raised a great family together! They left a great legacy of faith and determination for me!
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