“Challenges in Missouri,” Friend, July 2013, 14–15
On the Trail
Challenges in Missouri
By Jennifer Maddy
Come along to explore an important place in Church history!
For Joseph Smith it was a long, hard trip from Kirtland, Ohio, to Independence, Missouri. He traveled by wagon, by canal boat, and by stagecoach. For the last 250 miles (402 km), he had to walk! But the Lord had told him to go to Missouri to establish the city of Zion, so Joseph Smith obeyed.
Other Church members began arriving in Missouri in 1831. They plowed the land, built houses, and harvested crops.
As more and more Church members moved to Independence, Missouri, some of the people who already lived there became suspicious and angry. Mobs attacked the Saints’ homes and ordered them to leave.