The Willie and Martin Handcart Companies: Application and Insights into a Recurring Rescue
Religious Studies Center, BYU
"The purpose of this paper is not to retell the stories of the handcart companies, one led by James G. Willie and another led by Edward Martin; many have done that very well. Rather, the purpose of this paper is to draw from their example and experiences and find application for us today. Context, stories, and quotes of these pioneers are used here only in a supportive effort to identify principles, which can guide us today as we strive to live the gospel. President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, 'Stories of their rescue need to be repeated again and again. They speak of the very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.'"