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Mary Fielding Smith, a heroic figure from early Mormon history or folklore, has served as a role model for countless girls and women since the late 19th century. According to Mormon lore, Mary Fielding Smith exercised great religious faith and healed an ox. This enabled her to continue her journey to the Salt Lake Valley in the late 1840s. Although the historical evidence is hazy, the story has survived. For some individuals, particularly women, this pioneer woman has been placed on a pedestal almost unreachable for all but the most devout.