Trial of Hope…Last Hill


This image depicts a 13-year-old girl who entered the Salt Lake Valley with the Hunt and Willie handcart companies that journeyed to Utah in 1856. In her face, you see the blend of fortitude, conviction, and determination that she exercised on her journey despite the biting cold, physical fatigue, and loneliness that she must have known so well. You sense a maturity of spirit and willingness to move forward despite overwhelming obstacles. As she came up the hill, looking for the last one, she saw yet more hills and more snowy miles to go. With her foundation of faith, she valiantly defied the odds of survival as she endured this trial of hope.

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