The Second Rescue: The Story of the Spiritual Rescue of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers
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The Second Rescue: The Story of the Spiritual Rescue of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers

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Hardcover, 148 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Shadow Mountain
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Jeanette
This book was cited a few times by Andrew D. Olson in his book The Price We Paid. It sounded interesting to me so I tracked down a copy.
This book tells the story of Robert Scott Lorimer and the members of the Riverton, Wyoming Stake who undertook the spiritual rescue of the members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies. In the late 1980's, shortly after he was called as Stake President, R. Scott Lorimer asked the members of his stake to pray for the "Willie Project." He did not know what t...more
Jamie
This inspiring true story will fill you with the Spirit of Elijah and you will have a renewed desire to do temple work. It is outstanding, motivating and spiritually beautiful.
Keri-Lynn
Of course I'm going to give any book which involves history, genealogy and temple work a 5. It's just not possible for me to give it any other rating, but in this case I would give it a 5 anyway based on the how well it was written and organized. It's a non-fiction book about the effort an LDS Stake in Wyoming made to ensure the handcart pioneers in the Willie and Martin companies had their temple work done. Many of them died on the trail and did not leave any descendants to do their work for th...more
Cindy
Every LDS knows the story of the Martin and Willie Hardcart companies, two groups of pioneers who started across the plains late in the season only to be caught by an early snowstorm. They bogged down in the mud and snow, suffered exposure from the horrible weather, and got frostbite from fording icy rivers. Many died, sometimes even entire families. They were rescued and brought in from the plains. When they arrived in Salt Lake with black and frozen limbs, half starved, they were taken into ho...more
Dad
Jun 13, 2011 Dad rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The Martin and Willie Handcart Companies were rescued in the 1850's but this book is about doing the genealogical and temple work to seal by the priesthood of God these people to their families. It is very inspiring. I believe I was a baptistry worker at the Ogden Temple when part of this work was done. I came in for an extra Saturday shift.
At least two of my relatives participated in the physical rescue from the snow. Edwin Ruthven Miles went to the Cove and accompanied them back. Marriner Woo...more
Erin
I began reading this just the day before we went to see the historical sights where the Willie and Martin Handcart companies were rescued by a relief party. I should have started it the week before. It was a quick read, and very interesting. It helps if the reader has some background information as to what took place with these two handcart companies. Although not necessary.
Trpusey
Really touching story of the temple work that was done (more than 100 years later) for the members of the Willie and Martin Handcart pioneers who didn't make it to SL Valley. Heard this story a decade ago but had never read the book.
Mark
A sketchy chronicle of an amazing story. The inspiration of a stake president who was led by the spirit to bring the ordinances of the temple to the people of the two ill-fated Willie and Martin handc
Tami Greaney
Wonderful book! I think it meant all the more to me because my third-great grandmother and her children (including my great-great grandmother, Mary Smith)were part of the Willie Handcart Company
Sara
Amazing story. I hope I can feel a little of what they Riverton, Wyoming stake felt as they learned about the handcart people and their stories. I recommend it for anyone trekking.
Brook
A perfect story to begin before our pioneer trek and finish when I got home. If you haven't heard of this--it is worth the read.
Melissa
I love this book because it is about many of my ancestors, and my Aunt helped with the Second Rescue.
Suzanna
This was such an inspirational read. It really made me want to get busy with my family history work!
Janet
great historical information and inspiring read
Janice
Amazing, moving story.
Janene
Very inspiring
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