11 How and Why did the MORMONS lead the move westward?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) started leaving Nauvoo, Illinois at the urging of Illinois Governor Ford, who said he could not assure their safety from the mobs in and around Nauvoo. They were to leave in the late spring of 1846 when conditions would have been more favorable, but instead, they were forced to leave in February. For weeks prior to their departure there was great industry as several of the Saints banded together to build hundreds of wagons for the journey west. Brigham Young and his counselors detailed the amount of goods each family was to take. They also organized in great detail how many families would band together, and the various leaders throughout the heirarchy of bands, companies, wards and so forth. It is said that over 6000 people left Nauvoo in 1846 to go west, making the trek to Salt Lake Valley the largest and longest westward migration in the history of mankind.