Search This Blog

Friday, June 17, 2011

Church History teaches lessons Part 3

from "Sturdy Shoes and a Waterproof Tent"

Ensign Oct. 2001
Church history teaches many lessons about personal preparedness.

Lessons from Crossing the Plains, continued

Lesson 6: Be creative and adaptive in difficult times.
Pioneer women took advantage of the bumpiness of the wagons and filled tubs with soap, water, and dirty clothes. By day’s end the clothes had been agitated clean. Some women also put cream into containers hung underneath the wagon and let the jostling churn the cream into butter.

Lessons from the Mormon Battalion’s March
In 1846–47, the majority of the Mormon Battalion, an infantry unit of nearly 500 men in the U.S. Army of the West during the Mexican War, marched about 2,000 miles from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to San Diego, California. 2 We learn several lessons from their experiences.
Lesson 1: During a crisis we may need to leave our family to meet community needs.
On 3 July 1846, President Brigham Young, Elder Heber C. Kimball, and Elder Willard Richards began recruiting men for the Mormon Battalion. Recruiting continued until 20 July. At noon on Tuesday, 21 July, the battalion began its historic march. All this took place in the midst of the members’ migration across Iowa and left hundreds of women and children to cross the plains without these men to help them.
Lesson 2: Water-purifying pills or filters are essential.
Thirsty people will drink contaminated water, if necessary. Crossing a dry stretch in Kansas, the battalion suffered severely from heat and lack of water. So thirsty were they that they drove a herd of buffalo from an insect-infested pond and gladly drank the discolored and disgusting water. “No luxury was ever more thankfully received,” Sergeant Daniel Tyler wrote. Afterwards, “many were attacked with summer complaint.” 3

No comments:

Post a Comment