||THE DANISH PEOPLE AMONG US Lillian H. Fox Senior Division First Place Essay I have never been to Denmark but my roots are there. My paternal grandparents came to Manti with the Danish company in 1853. My father was born here and my mother arrived in 1902. I grew up among the relatives and friends with Danish customs and traditions and with Danish blood flowing in my veins. My uncle said that it was strong blood and if put in anyone else it would kill 'em! Recently I gave a lesson to twenty-five adults and asked how many of them had Danish ancestors; seventeen raised their hand. The following quotation is taken from The Daughter's of Utah Pioneers manual of March, 1994: ¦Sometimes between the years 1898 and 1901 while Lorenzo Snow was President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Larter-Day Saints he remarked about 1300 missionaries had labored in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and as a result of their labors upwards of 48,000 people had been baptized into the Church. Altogether about 33,000 Saints had come to Utah from these countries and they were still coming." At a conference in Ephraim about the year 1900, a speaker asked all the Danish people in the audience to please stand up, and about 75% rose to their feet. The first Book of Mormon to be translated into a foreign language was into the Danish language. In the year 1850. with the help of Peter Hansen and a Danish lad, Erastus Snow. President of the Danish Mission, made the translation. The largest group of Danish converts to come to Sanpete was known as the Forsgren Company. About 293, half of them children, arrived in Salt Lake City September 30, 1853. They spent nine months en route, having traveled across the Atlantic on an old sailing vessel. The Forest Monarch, journeyed up the Mississippi from New Orleans to Keokuk, Iowa, and then crossed the plains with ox-driven covered wagons to the Utah Territory. They were weary of travel and anxious to find a place they could call home. Three years earlier, in the fall of 1849, President Brigham Young, on the request of Indian Chief Walkara, had sent a company of 224 of his people to the Valley of the Sanpitch to establish a colony. Not knowing that the elevation of this was over a thousand feet higher than Salt Lake and therefore colder, these people suffered greatly and nearly perished. Most of their cattle died from cold and starvation. They survived by digging dugouts into the south side of a hill where they were protected from the elements. Since Denmark was a country of the far north and colder.