The Sabbath According to Female Diarists on the Trail
Palmer examines how 66 women who traveled across the Platte River Road between 1847 and 1866 described their Sabbath observance. Mormon diarists report observing the Sabbath by resting and having meetings. Inclement weather and other extenuating circumstances sometimes necessitated travel and labor on Sundays. Some Mormon diarists report holding prayer meetings every evening during the journey. Others reported deaths, burials and baptisms. Eleven of the 66 diarists mentioned the Sabbath at least once, with several making weekday entries about prayer, devotionals and religious feelings.