I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord...and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses...
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
Sometimes I followed the sunflower-bordered roads. [A friend] told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution, when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seed as they went. The next summer, when the long trains of wagons came through with all the women and children, they had the sunflower trail to follow...that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom. (From My Antonia, 1918.)A cottonwood tree (Populus fremontii), a species frequently mentioned in Mormon trail diaries, shades the two figures from the noonday sun. The willow and cottonwood trees in the distance are also native along the Mormon Trail. Tall prairie grasses like Prarie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), Great Basin Wildrye (Leymus cinereus), and chicory (Cichorium intybus), painted behind and around the figures, were common all along the Mormon Trail. Such grasses are also frequently mentioned in early accounts of the trek.
By Al R. Young Blessed Honored Pioneer is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.
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