What did Mormons experience as they traveled from the Midwest to the Salt Lake Basin?
They experienced lots of hardship but, were usually more fortunenate than others. Some at least were more lucky! They were blessed because they followed the lord and did what he asked even when is was really hard.
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According to this article, in 1847, please read the related link below for more information.
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The Mormons were settled in Nauvoo, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi river. They were then forced to leave in 1846, essentially the then United States and travel to wh…at is now Utah. Brigham Young, the prophet at the time, led them there, as he saw in a vision the place where they were to go and flourish, as they did in Utah. They reached the Salt Lake valley in 1847.
In the winter of 1845-1846, the saints began their preparation to migrate to the West in search of a "New Zion." In the Spring of 1846, they began their large migration and ar…rived in Salt Lake City in 1847.
Brigham Young lead the majority of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) to Utah after the murder of Joseph Smith.
While the first groups of Mormon Pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City, other groups continued to arrive for well over half a century. Groups arriving in 1850 are: Lorenzo Dow Y…oung Company James Lake Company Milo Andrus Company Benjamin Hawkins Company Thomas S. Williams/ Seth M. Blair Freight Train Aaron Johnson Compnay James Pace Company Wilford Woodruff Company David Evans Company Warren Foote Company Stephen Markham Company Justus Morse Company Warren Smith Company William Snow/Joseph Young Company Shadrach Roundy Commpany Edward Hunter Company Orson Hyde Company Amasa M. Lyman Company Charles C. Rich Company Jefferson Hunt Company Gilbert and Gerrish Freight Train Jedediah M. Grant Freight Train George Washington Hill Company Holladay and Warner Freight Train Livingston and Kinkead Freight Train John Sharp Company and various families and individuals not traveling in companies. You can see a list of who was in each of these companies by visiting the "Related Link" below.
The Mormon pioneers migrated to the Salt Lake region because they had been kicked out of every other place they had lived (Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois). The US government ref…used to assist them, so they traveled to Salt Lake, which was then part of Mexico, to seek religious freedom.
The first groups of Mormon pioneers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Basin in late July of 1847. Groups continued to come until about 1910, when new converts were encouraged to …stay in their hometowns rather than emigrate to the west.
When the Mormon Pioneers migrated to Salt Lake City Utah, Brigham Young, the prophet received a revelation from God that he should construct a temple there...the Salt Lake Tem…ple. It is the place Mormons make sacred covenants with the Lord. It truly is a blessing.
To be able to practice their religion in peace.
As of today (May 22, 2011): 118 years, 1 month and 16 days.
What was the experience of the Mormons as they traveled from the Midwest and into the salt lake basin?
The Mormons were treated harshly. They were attacked by mobs, had little food or money. They attempt to stay in a few places on the trail and were driven out by the people AND… the government of some states. Even when the national government probably should have stopped it constitutionally the didn't. This caused many man to die. That is also why they start multiple marriage, to give widows someone to support them. Basically they were beaten, killed, and driven from their homes for their beliefs.
While it depends on the season and mode of travel, it was difficult and dangerous for everyone. There were very few trading posts, and in many places the trail was so over-use…d that it was difficult to find grazing places for the animals and game to hunt. Large canyons with no establshed trails were very complicated to navigate with large pack animals and wagons filled with supplies. All the while, children, sick people, and the elderly had to be cared for. Those traveling too late in the season suffered many deaths due to starvation and freezing temperatures.
The first Mormons arrived to settle in the Great Salt Lake on July 24, 1847.
The Mormons moved to what is now Utah because they had been kicked out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois due to their religious beliefs. In each of these places they f…aced severe persecution, and they were in search of a place where they could practice their religion in peace.