I would love to watch it with my husband, but he is computer illiterate. Why
isn't this going to be on BYU Television? We can get that easily.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28), so why
do we persist in describing the pioneer experience as anything but a blessing?
It is obvious to even a casual student of history that the life expectancy of
19th-century coverts extended the moment they stepped aboard the ships that took
them to America. Certainly, the life expectancy of their children took huge
strides. Read some Dickens. Just as today, many early converts were looking for
the liberty of America as much as that of the restored gospel--desiring a better
life for your children is a more righteous motive than any doctrinal argument.
People were dropping like flies in the slums of cities like Birmingham and
Liverpool, and their daily lives were far more dangerous and exhausting than the
trek west. Let's stop complaining and start celebrating our liberation from
the chains that Europeans still wear. It stylish nowadays, but it seems like
ingratitude for the saints to play the victim card.