Steadfastly Minded by Elspeth Young

Steadfastly Minded

{ Mary Soar Taylor }
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When [Naomi] saw that [Ruth] was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Ruth 1:18

The story behind Steadfastly Minded

Mary Soar was born in the village of Beauverlee, Nottinghamshire, England in 1825  When she was eighteen years of age she married William Taylor and they had two sons before William died.  Mary provided for her young family by accepting machine-knitted stockings (flat woven) into which she sewed the seams.

In 1848, she was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In 1856, she and her sons departed Nottinghamshire for Utah Territory.  She summarized this experience in a letter to John Cyprian Taylor in 1881:
We left our home on the 26th of May and crossed the sea in the Ship Horizon.  We had a prosperous voyage of nearly forty days and landed at Boston from which place we traveled by rail to Iowa City...We left Iowa City in the month of August to cross the plains with a handcart in the company known as Martin Company.  We had a perilous journey across the plains...We arrived in Salt Lake City on the last day of November of the same year after suffering many hardships and privations for the truths sake but I know my reward is sure.  We arrived in Payson on the 2nd of December and were well treated by the people.  I could not stand on my feet for three months after I arrived.  In the month of February 1858 I married John H. Moore.
The many hardships and privations to which Mary tersely refers included a case of frostbite in which she lost not only flesh from her feet, but later endured having the exposed bones and joints removed with scissors—the only tool available for the purpose.  She did not recover until a year or so after arriving in Utah and settling in Payson, where she and her boys were taken into the home and hearts of the Moore family.  As her health permitted, she contributed to the household by carding and spinning wool, and by weaving fabric for clothing and household linens.  In 1858, she married John Harvey Moore.  She also became a leader in the Relief Society.

She died in 1885 at 60 years of age.
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