Late in the fall of 1856 Brigham Young was informed that hundreds of saints, pulling handcarts and traveling slowly, were scattered across the plains. He knew that without the help of the saints in the Salt Lake Valley most of them would die when winter hit.
The next day in church he got up and addressed the saints:
“Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with hand-carts, and probably many are now 700 miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them. …
“I shall call upon the Bishops this day, I shall not wait until tomorrow, nor until [the] next day, for 60 good mule teams and 12 or 15 wagons … [as well as] 12 tons of flour and 40 good teamsters, besides those that drive the teams. …
“I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains”
Do you know how hard this must have been? The saints in the Salt Lake Valley were still getting their own farms and homes ready for winter. He was asking for the food they were storing for their own families. Their husbands and fathers would be away for weeks in increasingly cold weather.
Of course it was hard. But they did it anyways, because our Father in Heaven loves all of His children. Hundreds of cold, starving saints were picked up by the men who left the comfort of their homes to follow God's command. They were warmed, fed, and carried by wagon into the Salt Lake Valley.
Can you see how the triangles in this quilt block look like they are pointing out and then back in again? I hope you'll remember that God needs you to go out and bring others back into the safety of the gospel, even when it's inconvenient and difficult. God and His angels will walk out and back with you.
Love you forever- Mom
Quilt Block Details:
Cut 14- 2" colored squares
Cut 14- 2" cream/white squares
Sew them together diagonally 1/4" off center
Cut to make two squares and sew squares together
Brown sashing 1 1/2" wide
Total block size 8 1/2" square