Mormon studies, Zion's Camp, women and children
"All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith" (D&C 103:36). On February 24, 1834, Joseph Smith received this promise for the members of the Zion's Camp expedition. Further, the assurance came that "my [the Lord's] presence shall be with you.... Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again" (D&C 103:26-27). Certainly the expedition to Missouri in 1834 held terrible possibilities for danger, sickness, and violence. Nevertheless, spiritual blessings were promised to those who offered their lives, safety, comfort, and worldly goods. Most often associated with the more than two hundred men who volunteered to march with Zion's Camp, spiritual benefits also enriched the women and children who accompanied the expedition.
Radke, Andrea G.
"We Also Marched: The Women and Children of Zion's Camp, 1834,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 39
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol39/iss1/9