- Publisher: n/a (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098836042X
- ISBN-13: 978-0988360426
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,405,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Upon Destiny's Song Paperback – 2013
Faith, sacrifice and love come together in Upon Destiny’s Song as it brings to life the remarkably true story of one Danish family’s hardships as they crossed the unruly Midwest in 1856 to reach an American Zion. The story also examines how their sacrifices changed the lives of their present-day descendants who sought out their story, illustrating the profound effect that everyday choices have on future generations.
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Those who prepared to make the trek didn't understand the difficulties that they were facing. There were no roads at times and so travelling by wagon wasn't feasible. Each family put their belongings into a quickly built handcart. The group would walk each day stopping to camp outside overnight. When the company reached Nebraska, they had a choice of either wintering in Nebraska or continuing their journey. They believed that they would not come to harm, so they continued their journey.
The determination and belief of the members of this company is overwhelming. To struggle through inclement weather, lack of food, and various illnesses illustrates the depth of their faith. The author Sage Steadman brings history to life as she relates the story of the handcart emigrants. This is not a boring book full of facts and figures. It is a book that draws the reader in and one you will think about long after you put it down.
This is a beautiful story. The story is basically two stories in one. Mike Ericksen is learning about his ancestors who traveled from Denmark and eventually were a part of the Willie Handcart Company.
The Martin and Willie Handcart Companies were both subject to extreme conditions. Many died on the journey to the Salt Lake Valley. Their stories have always been one of faith, endurance, and courage.
I enjoyed reading about Mike Ericksen's journey. He related events in his life that led him to searching out his ancestor, Ane Marie Madsen. Interspersed through Mikes story, his ancestor's story is told. The book takes the perspective of the Madsen family. You could see the progression of their faith and courage first as they are baptized into the LDS church, and then through the trial of traveling across the United Stated by handcart. I really appreciated this format. It gave me a better understanding of genealogy and the way looking back at ancestors gives strength and understand of modern day trials. The admiration that Mike Erickson felt for the Madsen family came through the pages of the book and permeated the story.
My husband and children are descendants of a member of the Martin Handcart Company, Margaretta Unwin Clark. I know what value this heritage is to my family. This book perhaps held a deeper meaning to me because of the connection and similarities between the two companies. I feel that this book would be of great worth to anyone who wants to read a story of courage, faith, and a love of family and God.
The book comes with a music CD of four songs. Three were written by Mike Ericksen and one by his brother. They were a wonderful compliment to the story.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion.
The book starts with the people who are Mormon . The missionary were going to the Danish towns to see if people would love to go to USA. Do you remember the Mormon who followed Joseph Smith trail they left there home and gave up every thing to go to Salt lake City Utah for the church to provide for them.
The book starts in 1800 and follows the missionary from the danish and then what they dd was go and convert the people who were christian or Lutheran and they baptism them and there children ,The deal was to sell all the things and they could only carry the necessary things which was blanket clothes and then be prepared to travel soon.
The one danish family is going to give up all and travel but the missionary did not tell them that once they take the ship to the state they will be changing there name you see the ship Nae and his family his daughter stayed with one of the aunt said she was not going to take her time and life on the desert , Once they go to the state of New York they had to go through a lot of the stuff and the family was in form what they need to get to travel there was no place to stay so all 6 plus some others who were heading to the promise land stayed in run down hotel .
You see they were not prepared to traveled over desert and then not have enough food or supply to take up to 4 mo
trek across deserted lands they had some cattle and oxen but there were robber and then there was Indians and then if they were lucky one they live but some did not.
You see the story is great read my book did not have cover but the title is form the song the girls would sing to keep them up and walking you see most kids died before they got to Utah the one who survived were to marry off by the time they were 17 and not to just one but 2 husband and have children they did not tell them this but they push on and made there way there through thick and thin.. You see my great great grand dad died who help the people across the ice river he died on the trail and then his family went on to Utah.
You see i was doing the family history and found out about the thing they did and why they were proud danish
and they thought they would be having a great place to live i did the history and then what i found was great info
we did a recreation of the trip
you will love the reading of the book the book take you form the dutch land to USA and the struggle and hardship they suffered if you can read the story do so and then go read info on Joseph Smith you will have some thought about how he did his teachings