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The very intruguing book, I Sailed to Zion actually accomplishes, I believe, all 3 purposes of writing: to pursuade, inform and entertain. The "story", for lack of a better word, is about the pioneers who had to endure possibly more than those who only had to cross the plains to reach Zion. These were the European, Asian, and Australian pioneers, many of whom did not speak English, who sailed the Seven Seas to reach the place where they were called to go. It is a collection (collaboration, compl...more
Dec 17, 2007 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who can trace their ancestory across the oceans
My pops co-authored this book. Strong work, dad! It consists of first hand accounts of Mormon European immigrants making the trek to the United States to join 'the saints' (Mormon congregations). Regardless of your religious persuasion I believe you can appreciate the immense sacrifice of these pioneers in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
This book is a compilation of journal entries of Mormons who converted in Europe and then sailed across the Atlantic to the United States, prior to making the trek west to Utah. It is about children's impressions of the sea journeys. Very interesting if you enjoy first-hand impressions of something that occurred over 100 years ago.
I actually like this one better than the stories of crossing the plains. I can't imagine what it would be like to leave the only country and home you had ever known and spend weeks or months on a ship for an unknown place. Since some of my ancestors had limited or no English at all, this is especially impressive.