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Francis Webster: The Unique Story of One Handcart Pioneer's Faith and Sacrifice
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Francis Webster: The Unique Story of One Handcart Pioneer's Faith and Sacrifice

In honor of the anniversary of rescue parties leaving Salt Lake City after Brigham's conference plea, we are featuring, "Francis Webster: The Unique Story of One Handcart Pioneer's Faith and Sacrifice," by Chad M. Orton from Issue 45:2. Below is the abstract; follow the link below for the full article. 

One of the best-known and best-loved stories of the Mormon pioneers is the testimony of Francis Webster, a member of the Martin Handcart Company. Although his name has increasingly become associated with his statement, he is still better known as the unnamed old man in the corner of a Sunday School class who arose to silence criticism directed toward those who allowed that company to come west.