Following a midwinter departure from Nauvoo and a grueling passage across Iowa, the Saints began a new chapter in the history of the Church. Their exodus farther west brought new living conditions and time for the Saints to establish themselves in their new home in the Salt Lake Valley. “Here they were, almost a thousand miles from the nearest settlement to the east and almost eight hundred miles from the Pacific coast. They were in an untried climate. They had never raised a crop here. They had not built a structure of any kind.
Note:In theDoctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide,the last seven weeks focus on Church history events from 1845 to the present and the teachings of the prophets from Brigham Young to Gordon B. Hinckley. Your reading assignments (along withDoctrine and Covenants 136; 138; and Official Declarations 1 and 2) will be readings inChurch history from the book Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsand selected statements by each of the prophets. You will find these readings in your study guide, following each introduction. The “Understanding the Scriptures” section is replaced with an “Understanding the Reading” section. It contains word helps and other insights for the readings fromOur Heritage.Also, a “Studying the Reading” section replaces what was formerly “Studying the Scriptures” and provides the activities you will do for your assignments.