185 years ago today - Sep 11, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff]
I am now daily making preperations to leave the State of Maine and all my relatives and friends in Scarborough to lead a Company of Saints from the Islands of the Sea to the land of Zion in the far west. I shall be accompanied by my wife & Child. It is the greatest trial Phebe has ever been called to pass through to take the parting hand of her Parents, Brethren & Sisters, & neighbours & perhaps for the last time, & go a journey of two thousand miles late in the fall & start with a babe of two months old which is in the first stage of the hooping cough & to add to this to leave a kind father's house of plenty & go to a new Country & settle among strangers after the flesh. These kind reader are the meditations that are daily running with the rapidity of lighting through the mind of my bosom friend & companion & to add the insinuation of friends against such a course of procedings, and all the temptations that the devil is capable of inventing are crouded into the mind in order to hinder the will of God being done. ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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