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Saga of the Sanpitch

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch
Description SAGA OF SANPITCH A massive hill of stone, a valley carpeted with sagebrush and doited with scrub cedars, a colony of Indian tepees clustered close together . . . this was the quiet scene in Sanpete Valley before [he coming of the Mormon pioneers. Campfire smoke curled skyward, while Indians deftly stalked their prey, and mountain streams reluctantly yielded fish for food. So it was, and so ii had been for decades and centuries. Then, in 1849, a band of pioneers, led by Isaac Morley, made its way to this valley, now browned by November's frost, with winter imminent and sure. Cradled by mountains, the valley was punctuated with a projecting stone mound toward which the caravan made its way, far Brigham Young had said that this was to be their destination. These valiant seekers had been part of the great westward movement ir. America, and they were now set upon the colonization of this appointed place. Though few in number, [hey undertook the grim task of pioneering a harsh, strange land; theirs was to be a constant struggle against drought, grasshoppers, poverty, and sickness. It was under the protection of what is now called Temple Hill, the set-tiers sought refuge from the relentless onslaught of that first bitter winter, huddled in caves beneath stone ledges. But driven by the devotion they shared and the common cause that bound them together, they proceeded to establish a settlement, and very early began thinking about building a temple. In August or the following year. President Brigham Young, while on his first visit to the settlers in Sanpete Valley, pointed to the stone hill and prophesied that one day a temple should stand upon it. His companion, Heber C. Kimball, further testified that this temple should be built of stone quarried from the very heart of the Ml. Twenty-seven years passed; the colony grew. On the morning of April 25,1877, President Brigham Young said to Warren S. Snow as they stood on the Manti Temple site, "Here is the spot where the prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a temple site, and that is the reasons why the location is made here, and we can't move it from this spot... at high noon today we will dedicate this *"»"*¦" Co.rtwy Mon-oi Mlncfc P-i-al Pn>,r.m - 1M4
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323202
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs/323202