A Matter of Faith? Examining Convert Departures from the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Wesley Constandse (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Scott Billingsley

Abstract: ABSTRACT: Members of the Willie and Martin handcart companies were part of a new religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, whose followers were driven west by a desire to escape persecution and practice their religious beliefs as they saw fit. Many wanted to leave the United States to establish Zio, a place where they could live peacefully. This essay addresses the role that faith played in their decisions to move westward, halt their journey along the way, or return home, and how the unique experiences of the second wave of migrants affected their ability o endure hardship.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Mormonism, Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Westward Expansion, emigration, religion in America

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