From the Publisher
I challenge anyone with a love of Americana in their veins to read this book. This book captures what the melting pot of America truly wanted as they settled the west, a plot of land and the freedom to worship God as they pleased without fear of retribution. Here is a group of people who challenged the elements and the times to grasp the iron rod and achieve their goal in the end.
Robert O. Day weaves magic into the history of these pioneers with finesse and historical accuracy. His book "The Enoch Train Pioneers", allows you to not only read the history, but also the stories and journal entries of how they felt . A must read book for anyone interested in pioneer history.
From the Author
This book contains one small, but highly significant account, of a shipload of 534 gathering Saints from Liverpool, England. They were for the most part very ordinary people, poor in financial means, but burning with the hope that comes with finding the purpose of life, and having the faith to do whatever is asked to help build the restored Kingdom of God on the earth. They were unique as pioneers, as they had responded to the unusual directions of a prophet to be the first to gather by handcart across the frontiers of America to Zion in Utah Territory. The Saints that were passengers on the sailing ship Enoch Train, made up all of the first handcart company and most of the second. The balance of the later company being filled by some Saints from the sailing ship Samuel S. Curling. Their journey lasted 188 days from Liverpool, England to Salt Lake City.
There is as great a need as ever to put a shoulder to the wheel and do our part, and a source of great spiritual energy can be found in learning of the trials and triumphs of our ancestors, the early pioneers. The men and women who lived this page in the Book of Eternity, have all now graduated from the cares of mortality, taking with them the lessons of this life as a guide for living in eternity. It is my hope that those who read these pages may understand and cherish what these early Saints endured to provide their posterity with a hope for the future and a blessing of freedom.