The Untold Story of Mormon Pioneers with Disabilities

    M. Bryce Fifield



    About the Lecture

    A surprising number of physically and emotionally disabled Mormon emigrants attempted to cross the plains to Zion. Mormon emigrant companies probably had a higher percentage of disabled people than non-Mormon companies, because of the Latter-day Saints’ belief in priesthood power. The untold stories of the sick, wounded, lame, and blind who crossed the plains shed light on the broader cultural narrative of the Latter-day Saints.