Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson recorded in her journal after her husband passed away while crossing the plains:
“I will not attempt to describe my feeling at finding myself thus left a widow with three children, under such excruciating circumstances. I cannot do it. But I believe the Recording Angel had inscribed it in the archives above, and that my sufferings for the gospel's sake will be sanctified unto me for my good. I could therefore appeal to the Lord alone-He who had promised to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless. I appealed to Him and He came to my aid.”
Source: Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford reminiscences in Utah Pioneer Biographies, 17:92-103. Pioneer Database, history.ChurchofJesusChrist.org
Artwork: “Pioneer Mother” by Megan Rieker
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