“The spirit of the gathering”: Albert Jones autobiography, 22–23, in Albert Jones, Diaries, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; capitalization standardized.
“The time to go is now”: Janet McNeil, in History of Thomas and Janet McNeil, Daughters of Utah Pioneers archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5; quoted in Andrew D. Olsen, The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies (2006), 14.
“We will go right up to Zion”: John Jaques letter to James Loader, May 19, 1856, in “Emigration by Hand-Carts,” Millennial Star, June 14, 1856, 370.
“Many of our brethren and sisters”: Brigham Young, “Remarks,” Deseret News, Oct. 15, 1856, 252.
“Tears streamed down”: Mary Hurren Wight, in James G. Willie History, 12, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; quoted in Olsen, The Price We Paid, 142.
“No, Maria”: John Linford, in Eliza M. Linford Denio, “John Linford,” 3; Daughters of Utah Pioneers History Department, Salt Lake City.
“Just before daylight”: Levi Savage diary, Oct. 23, 1856; spelling and capitalization standardized.
“To our rescue O Lord God Almighty”: Harvey Cluff autobiography and journals, 1868–1912, 3 vols., 1:23, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.
“Nothing but the power of a merciful God”: Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford, Leaves from the Life of Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford (1908), 10, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.
“We started on with new hope and courage”: Sarah Crossley Sessions, in Olive Sessions Howells, “Sarah Crossley Sessions, Member Martin Handcart Company,” thefurtrapper.com/home-page/sarah-crossley/, link from history.lds.org/overlandtravels, accessed Mar. 25, 2016.
“No one knows how I felt”: Mary Goble Pay, “History of Mary (Goble) Pay,” 17–18, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.
Painting of the English countryside: Gadfield Elm Chapel (United Brethren), by Al Rounds.
Photograph of Temple Square: Courtesy of Church History Library and Archives.
Photograph of Brigham Young: Courtesy of Church History Library and Archives.
Photograph of Lucy Meserve Smith: Courtesy of Church History Library and Archives.
Painting of handcart pioneers in a blizzard: Sisters in Zion, by Clark Kelley Price.