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Carry On!    Bronze Mormon Handcart Statue
honoring members of the Martin and Willie handcart company

1/4 life-size bronze LDS statue depiciting
Mormon Handcart Pioneers of the
Martin and Willie company who have just sighted their rescuers.

Mormon Art Sculpted by LDS Artist Stan Watts
For more information about this LDS statue,
Contact Stan Watts by phone 1(801)967-0557
or by email atlasbronze@hotmail.com

Mormon Pioneer Statue of members of the
 Martin and Willey Handcart Company

Mormon Pioneer Bronze Statue by LDS sculptor Stan Watts

The following is an excerpt from Pioneer magazine  Vol. 53 No. 3 2006, Published by the Sons of Utah Pioneers:

On Saturday, October 4, 1856, Brigham Young was informed that two handcart companies were still en route to the Salt Lake Valley. The next day, at the Church’s semiannual conference, where nearly 12 thousand Saints had gathered, President Young said:
“Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with hand-carts, and probably many are now 700 miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them. The text will be, ‘to get them here.’ I want the brethren who may speak to understand that their text is the people on the plains, and the subject matter for this community is send for them and bring them in before the winter sets in. . . . Go and bring in those
people now on the plains.”
The people’s response was immediate. Women darned socks, patches shirts, and finished quilts while men saddled horses and loaded wagons with needed supplies such as flour, beans, rice, and sugar. As the wagons were being loaded, young men bid a quick farewell to
family, friends, and sweethearts. Each seemed to know something of the perils ahead on the journey, but the determination to help the pioneers seemed to overshadow
any fears. In public and private prayers, Latter-day Saints petitioned the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to temper the weather and assure those on the trail that help
was on its way.
On the morning of October 7, the first of what would be 250 rescue teams moved out from the Salt Lake Valley toward the windswept snowdrifts of north central Wyoming. Their journey—some 300 miles—was not easy but their determination was sure. There was no
turning back.

Yet the rescuers went to work, caring for the sojourners

as if they were family members. The resuers set up and took down camp. They cooked the food, drove the wagons, and, when needed, carefully lifted sufferers
into their wagons and administered to their needs.
Unfortunately in the process, the weather took a turn for the worse. Each day became colder than the day before.  Many had their feet frozen and were unable to walk, having to be lifted into the wagons. Others had their fingers and ears frozen. Anxious to relieve their suffering as
soon as possible, George Grant penned, “We will move every day toward the valley if we have to shovel snow to do it, the Lord helping us.”

Such determination bound the rescuers to the handcart immigrants in the frigid
climes of Wyoming as perhaps nothing else could.
It was not until November 9 that the rescuers delivered the first members of the Willie Company to the Salt Lake Valley. Twenty-one days later, on Sunday, November 30, those bringing survivors of the Martin Company began their descent into the valley. President
Young, speaking to a congregation assembled in the bowery on Temple Square, said:
“When those persons arrive I do not want to see them put into houses by themselves; I want to have them distributed in the city among the families that have good and comfortable houses. . . . I wish the sisters to go home and prepare to give those who have just arrived a mouthful of something to eat, and to wash them and nurse them up. You know that I would give more for a dish of pudding and milk, or a baked potato and salt, were I in the situation
of those persons who have just come in, than I would for all your prayers, though you were to stay here all the afternoon and pray. Prayer is good, but when baked potatoes, and pudding, and milk are needed, prayer will not supply their place on this occasion.”
When the handcart pioneers reached the valley, they were taken into warm houses and cared for with tender mercies.

Mormon art, custom bronze pioneer statues and sculptures with LDS themes created by Stan Watts.  Contact Stan to let him bring the bronze statue of your dreams into reality.  Stan is the sculptor and foundry owner.  He can see your custom bronze statue or monument through from design to casting and installation.  LDS art by Stan Watts and his foundry, Atlas Bronze Casting.

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Martin and Willey Company Mormon Handcart Pioneer Statue

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4850 South Warehouse Road
Kearns, Utah USA 84118
1(801) 967-0557
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