The Mormon Trail
The Mormons faced serious persecution in their original home of Nauvoo, Illinois. The Mormon leader Joseph Smith decided to move. The Mormons on the trail faced difficulty and hunger.
Mormons looked toward horrible persecution. People would threaten them with stones and guns. Joseph Smith was murdered by prosecutors in jail. Mormons were so scared for their lives they fled west.
Mormons thought of future generations on the trail. They traveled semi-military fashion. The Mormons did not have guides. They used resources to to find their way. Resources were other trails, maps, and people they met. On the way they established businesses and towns.
Living in Salt Lake City
The Moment they reached the valley, the Mormons began preparing for winter. They planted crops and built shelters. Mormons kept on arriving, nervous about winter. Many camped out in Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
Though they had difficulty arriving at their destination, they reached it successfully. The Mormons also helped make Utah the state it is today.
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