Christensen, Hans, Autobiography, 1890.
About the 15th of July the church trains comenced to arive, they had four yoke of Oxen on each Wagon, soon after their arival they were loaded partly with Iron and other heavy merchandice, and twelv persons to each wagon with their bagage provisions and tent, we traveled in Captain John Murdoc[k]'s company, who started from camp on the 24th of July, I with hundreds of others walked nearly the whole distance. Old people and those who were not well, would change about riding on the wagons on top of the bagage. To me, being young and strong the trip was a pleasure, and I received here some of my first lesons in the english languich an also in the art of driving Oxen, acording to the american metad [method], from our teamster, a young man from Sanpete County. The train would camp for noon, and night, as near to watter and grass as convinient, the Wagons were draw in a kind of a circle, <on> the inside of which we peatched our tents and made our camp fires, it also served as a coral to drive the Oxen into so as to catch them. the catle and also the camp was guarded every night, we saw quite a number of Indians, but hath no trouble with them. We arived in Salt Lake City in the latter part of September, and our hearts sweled with gratitude to God, for his kind protection over us, both on Land and Sea, until we had safely landed in that butyful City of the Saints;