Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 34
Faith in Every Footstep

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand how the pioneers’ journey to the Salt Lake Valley parallels our journey back to our Heavenly Father and to help us appreciate the sacrifices made by the pioneers.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 136; Our Heritage,pages 71–77
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Lesson 34 Handout (PDF)

The Exodus From the Eastern States

November 8, 1845:  Orson Pratt, who was presiding over the eastern and middle states, issued a message to the Saints of that area calling upon them to join the exodus west the following spring.

The ship Brooklyn was chartered by Brannan to carry East Coast Saints to California.

The Mississippi Company of Saints.

The Mormon Battalion

Organization of the Mormon Battalion.

The March of the Mormon Battalion.

Word & Will of the Lord Concerning the Camp of Israel

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 136, was given by the Lord through his prophet, Brigham Young, on January 14, 1847, at Winter Quarters.

READ D&C 136:1-4. Let the Saints be organized and keep the commandments.

READ D&C 136:8.  Each company to bear an equal portion of the burden.

READ D&C 136:17-18.  The promise that Zion will be redeemed.

READ D&C 136:19-25.  Important counsel from the Lord for those heading west.

"My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion; and he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom." (D&C 136:31)

The Trek West

Introductory Thoughts:

  Map of the pioneer trek from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City

Leaving Winter Quarters.

The Pioneer Company Moves West.

Faith In Every Footstep.

For additional information see This Shall Be Our Covenant at

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the pioneer trek to Utah. What lessons can you apply to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt.

Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by B.H. Roberts (CHC).


Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard J. Arrington.

History of California by Hubert Howe Bancroft.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney.

The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Mormon Experience by Leonard J. Arrington and Davis Bitton.

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