Church History

Finalizing Plans for the Trek West: Deliberations at Winter Quarters 1846–1847

Finalizing Plans for the Trek West: Deliberations at Winter Quarters 1846–1847

In April 1847, Church leaders departed Winter Quarters and headed west. Their goal was the Great Salt Lake or another valley in Mexican territory. Read about their deliberations at Winter Quarters: How many would go in the first group? Would they create another way station? What supplies would they take? How would they feed both those on the trek and the majority who had to stay at Winter Quarters for another year? This important article by Richard Bennett, published in 1984, discusses the changing plans, the gathering of information, and the decisions made.