Living in Oregon, we always here of how hard it was for the pioneers who followed the Oregon Trail. And it is true, they didn't have an easy time. But many of the Mormon pioneers had a much more difficult time. Families didn't have much of a chance to prepare and left under trying circumstances...such as their homes being burned to the ground or having family members killed. Unlike the Oregonians, many of the first Mormon pioneers didn't leave voluntarily. They were forced out. Yet they made the best of it, as is reflected in the chorus of Come, Come Ye Saints: "All is well, all is well." It was faith in every footstep that kept them going.
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