05 August 2012

Utah: Mormon Zion Homeland

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, 2003, Excerpts

On July 21, 1847, an advance party crested a ridge and caught the Saints’ first glimpse of “the valley where the broad waters of the Great Salt Lake glistened like sunbeams.” The Great Salt Lake Valley struck the scouting party as a fine site on which to erect a capital for the Kingdom of God on earth. Brigham, weak and aching from tick fever, arrived in the valley with the main company on Saints on July 24, 1847, the date now venerated throughout Mormondom as Pioneer Day.

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