Thursday, November 14, 2013

Try it Thursday & Review & Giveaway {Follow Me to Zion}

It is another week of
"Try it Thursday & Review."
I hope you didn't think I forgot about "Try it Thursday" because I didn't. Last week was pretty busy for me and my family. I won't go into details because it is personal and I may get emotional. It was challenging and made my heart grow stronger for my family. So, it was nice to have a break from the computer.

Be sure to check back frequently because I have a lot of fun reviews/giveaways for the Christmas season.
Today, I wanted to share an inspiring and uplifting pioneer book called,
Follow me to Zion.
James G. Willie knew the trek would be arduous when he left Iowa City in July 1856, leading 500 handcart pioneers on a 1,300-mile journey across the plains.
But he could not have known that his people would run out of food while still hundreds of miles from Salt Lake City nor that the winter of 1856 would begin in the middle of October with prolonged, severe storms. Sixty-nine members of his company would die along the way. Yet from this tragedy emerged triumphant stories of personal endurance, courage, heroism, and unwavering faith.
Follow Me to Zion recounts 20 compelling stories of members of the Willie handcart company and their rescuers. Dozens of full-color images by artist Julie Rogers enrich this keepsake volume, which pays tribute to the men, women, and children who have become enduring witnesses of the power of faith and sacrifice.
Here you will find excerpts from their own accounts of the journey, learn what those faithful pioneers did after reaching the Salt Lake Valley, and read reflections on their lives by descendants.
The simple words “Follow Me to Zion,” cross-stitched onto small pieces of fabric kept in the journal of a handcart pioneer, are an invitation that still calls to us today.
The stories and paintings in this beautiful volume can inspire us to live true to our faith and reach out to help others do likewise.
Product Details:
         Size: 8" x 10"
         Pages: 272
         Year Published: 2013
About the Authors:
Andrew D. Olsen is an editor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the author of The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers. Andrew and his wife, Linda, are the parents of 3 children.
Jolene Spendlove Allphin has a love for the 1856 pioneers and rescuers that continues to grow. She has published nearly 300 biographical sketches of them in Tell My Story, Too. Jolene and her husband, Michael, are the parents of 11 children.
Julie Boswell Rogers is an acclaimed artist who has won many awards. Her art has been featured in Church publications, visitors’ centers, and the Church History Museum. The book Emma, the Elect Lady contains many of her paintings of Joseph and Emma Smith. Julie and her husband, Russell, are the parents of 5 children.

In my opinion:
This book is a "must have" treasure for your book shelf. A few authors (mentioned above) compiled stories from the Willie Handcart Pioneers and I felt that it was beautifully written. Also, Follow Me to Zion included some pretty amazing paintings and personal photos. Each chapter was about a specific pioneer family. I loved that each chapter ended with reflections of a descendant. I felt closer to each family as I read the personal journal entries.

How did the pioneers endure their challenges? They were faithful to the end and I felt that they always supported one another. A story that touched my heart was found in Chapter 6-Emily and Julia Hill. Emily had been searching for the truth and finally found it. She remained alone after her conversion for quite some time. Finally after a testimony was spoken, Emily's sister Julia wanted to become a member as well. Their family was opposed, however, they continued to move forward with faith. Finally, they were able to emigrate but they received many warnings against their journey to Utah. They were determined and continued to press forward. It was difficult but they made it because of the "compassionate people of Utah" who sent rescue wagons to help them the rest of the way.

Are we all rescuers? Do we serve one another when we see others in need? I believe we do because we support each other. We want to help and we are similar to the pioneers in that way. I can't imagine being in their shoes. These stories definitely opened up my eyes to the determination they had to move forward with faith. I definitely recommend Follow Me to Zion.

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