"These were not groups of young and reckless adventurers, nor were they
isolated families or groups of families. They were literally villages on the
march . . . "Absolutely true. Which was a big advantage for the
Mormon pioneers and made the crossing easier for them than for the
"gentiles." A couple of other things made it easier. They traveled a
shorter distance than most, and when the Mormons left in 1847 and later, the
trail had mostly been blazed for them. Even the trek down Emigration Canyon was
easier, thanks to the efforts of the Donner Party. Frankly, I think non-Mormon
pioneers had a lot of faith, too. Maybe we ought to give them some credit for
making our burdens lighter.
If "faith" moved them and "faith" anchored them,how did
they get anywhere???