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The Untold Story of Mormon Pioneers with Disabilities

M. Bryce Fifield



About the Lecture

A surprising number of physically and emotionally disabled Mormon emigrants attempted to cross the plains to Zion. Mormon emigrant companies probably had a higher percentage of disabled people than non-Mormon companies, because of the Latter-day Saints’ belief in priesthood power. The untold stories of the sick, wounded, lame, and blind who crossed the plains shed light on the broader cultural narrative of the Latter-day Saints.