History of the Church Series
This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Reed C. Durnham. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.
February 4, 1846, was a day of Mormon destiny. On that day the exodus began as the first of the Mormon pioneers stepped off a flatboat upon Iowa shores and began to unload his wagon, teams, equipment and goods. After all the planning and work, the time had finally arrived: the move became a reality. It was also a significant historical event, because that first step marked the commencement of the greatest mass movement of people under a single authority in all of United States history. In many respects, such an event was extremely rare, almost unparalleled in the annals of world history; and certainly, the Mormon exodus drastically reshaped the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this day.