Merrill, Cyrena Dustin, [Autobiography], in Roberta Flake Clayton, comp., Pioneer Women of Arizona, 395.
In the spring of 1849 Bro. Young having sent our teams back from Salt Lake we fitted up and crossed the plains. Now we were really going to Zion and as our hearts were filled with gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His love and protecting care we were enabled to endure all our trials with cheerful fortitude. Our faith was strong, we loved each other and lived in unity and we were blessed abundantly, and our songs often rang out over the prairies.
While passing through the Rockies we encountered severe snow storms and many of our cattle perished. but again the Lord helped us, for Father Merrill sent a team with a nephew to assist us into the city of Salt Lake.