Fire of the Covenant
"Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay”
—Francis Webster, Martin Handcart Company, 1856
You’ve heard about the handcart pioneers, but have you ever walked in their footsteps? Join master storyteller Gerald Lund and pioneers from across Europe as they leave their homes and begin the most harrowing journey in the history of western migration. Now 980 saints are trying the handcart experiment and have narrowed their possessions to just 17 pounds, including their clothing and bedding. And these city-folk are undeterred at the goal of walking 1,300 miles in 100 days, knowing that they may face buffalo stampedes, ravenous wolves, howling storms, blistered feet, and icy creeks. But even these brave saints cannot imagine the outpouring of prayer, healings, angels, and miracles that will shower down upon them.
“And do you know, even as you hunch over in pain as the coughing tears at your insides, do you have even the slightest doubt about whether God lives, about whether His Son came to earth and lived and died so that we might live again?”
Maggie straightened slowly, looking her mother directly in the eye. “No,” she said. “No, I have not the slightest doubt.”
“Then why do you say that the fire of the covenant has gone out in you? Don’t you see, Maggie? It is that fire that drives us. It is our faith in the Savior that sustains us. That is what gives us the strength to go on, even now as we start this terrible day.”
Come along on an unforgettable trek that will have you smiling, laughing, pondering, and weeping along-side these faithful, stalwart pioneers. Come and feel the Fire of the Covenant burn in your heart too.
To learn what happens to Jens Nielson and others, read about what happens after they reach the Salt Lake Valley in, "The Undaunted."
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By Cheryl, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What an inspiration this book is. I have listened to this book on tape each morning as I get ready for work. It puts an impact on our lives as we realized the hardships as well as the joys that the Willy & Martin handcart companies have endured. The story line is wonderful. The family experience that the main characters experience keep you entrigued and want to go on. My Dad read the book and challenged me to read it. I chose to hear it on tape and it really comes alive!
By Camilla, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is the second book I have read by Lund, and it has drawn me in. I like to feel conected to characters and this book made that easy! I appreciated the notes at the end of each chapter that clarified the facts. I have never before learned so much from reading a novel. 'Fire of the Covenant' is a muct read!
By Wendell, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I especially liked the insight into 1) the historical reasons for organizing the handcart companies, and 2) the various parts of the plan that had to come together for a handcart company to be successful. , Until I read the book, I didn't realize that members of the company came from industrial centers and had to be physically conditioned for the trip and had to learn to frontier skills, I didn't understand how Brigham Young knew the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies were in trouble before the winter storms hit, I didn't know about the various segments of the trip and the reason for each. I learned what the handcart companies did to compensate for the fact that they couldn't load and carry enough food for the entire trip, let alone household goods needed after they arrived in Salt Lake City. , I relate to the handcart company characters portrayed by the author who were common people with a conviction of the truth, albeit not an unwavering faith, and were committed to obeying the call to come to Zion. They made their choices as best they could and accepted responsibility for their choices. There is much to be learned from their example. , Most of all, I admire the concern the handcart people had for others in their group when their own lives were at risk. It is a stark contrast to what happened in the Donner party and the Freemont party when they were caught by early winter storms in the western mountains. The title of the book, Fire of the Covenant, summarizes what the story is all about.