Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)


Lt 28, 1876


Nearing Ogden, Utah

May 23, 1876

Previously unpublished.

Dear Children:

Another night has passed. We rested well; are cheerful. Have just breakfasted. We have enjoyed the journey thus far. Nothing of note has occurred. 3LtMs, Lt 28, 1876, par. 1

The porter promises to secure for us berth on next train and take care of our baggage. 3LtMs, Lt 28, 1876, par. 2

We hope that you are all well and happy. We would very much [have] liked to have seen Frankie Patten before we left but the liability of traveling on the Sabbath we felt we must avoid if possible. We have just done nothing but dump and sleep and rest. I slept soundly yesterday afternoon. I think I shall be ready for meeting when I get through. Mary [Clough] relieves me of all care. She takes the burden of notifying the porter as did daughter Mary when we came on one year ago. 3LtMs, Lt 28, 1876, par. 3

Keep up good courage and cling to the Mighty One. He is your tower of strength. Oh, how weak, how inefficient we are without the help of God. Watch unto prayer were the words Jesus gave to His disciples, most applicable to Christians now. Dear children, take time to pray and nothing will be lost in so doing. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7. Jesus will be your burden-bearer; do not carry your own burdens or your own perplexities. Jesus loves us. We know He does with an unchangeable love. May every emotion of the soul respond to this matchless love which Christ has revealed in our behalf. 3LtMs, Lt 28, 1876, par. 4

Much love to Sister Rice. Tell her to look up today, tomorrow, and ever. Love to Frankie Patten, yourselves, Frank and George. I would commend you all to God. May the peace of God abide with you. 3LtMs, Lt 28, 1876, par. 5