Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Sarah Williams is a young Welsh immigrant, coming to Utah to join her sister Mary Ann Perkins. When the Perkins are asked to join the San Juan mission to pioneer a trail through Southern Utah, they take Sarah along to help care for the children. But a six-week journey turns into six agonizing months of hard work and toil as the Saints blast their way through a cliff to bring their wagons through what would become the famous Utah landmark "Hole in the Rock."
Finally settled in the San Juan, Sarah's true hardship begins when Ben Perkins asks her to be his second wife. With their faith and testimonies challenged to the core, both Sarah and Mary Ann struggle to find the true meaning of Christ-like love and obedience. Will they make it through?

Before I read this book I knew practically nothing about the missionaries sent to colonize the San Juan River are of Utah. This book tells about the trip to the San Juan over some of the roughest territory in Utah. Their trip was only 200 miles, but it took 6 months. There was very little grass for the stock and no towns where they could replenish their supplies.
They had to stop and build roads through canyons, and had to figure out how to get the wagons through hole in the rock, which had a sheer drop of several thousand feet on the other side.
This book is based on the ancestors of Tristi Pinkston, the author, who were in the wagon train. It is well worth reading, I learned a lot about this expedition, that I never knew before.
I bought this book directly from Tristi, but it should be available online or through inter library loan.

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