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Why Mormon Migration
The journey to Zion often began with an ocean voyage. Crossing the ocean in the 19th century was difficult, expensive, and often dangerous. It also marked a dramatic turning point in the lives of early Latter-day saint converts who left their homelands and sailed for America. Discover stories, letters, journal entries, and other accounts of their voyage.
Did your Mormon ancestor cross the ocean to America?
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"I felt so bad my heart seemed to turn over. I had the impression not to look at my mother again, so I took my babe in arms... and turned my face toward Zion and left the home of my childhood, all my kindred and associates, for the Gospel's sake."
"Nothing caused me so much regret as leaving so many of the saints behind, anxious to go, but without the means to do so."
"At one time the captain said to Knud Peterson, 'If I hadn't d--d Mormons on board I would have been in New York six weeks ago.' Peterson said to him, 'If you hadn't Mormons on board, you would have been in hell six weeks ago.'"