Coming to Zion: A Journey of Faith, Loss, and Family

Coming to Zion: A Journey of Faith, Loss, and Family

by J. A. Griffen

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ISBN-13: 9780996947060
Publisher: Black Earth Group, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

J. A. Griffen has a passion for the story of his native Nebraska, particularly during the Territorial era. His research has taken him from the British Library all the way to Salt Lake City. He has taken a special interest in pioneer diaries that have never before been utilized or compared with one another. In the Spring of 2009 he traveled the original pioneer route from Charlestown, Massachusetts to Florence, Nebraska. As a part of this journey he walked across the state of Iowa pulling a handcart, a journey that spanned 27 days and 260 miles.
In addition to writing, Mr. Griffen serves as pastor at First Christian Church in Alliance, Nebraska.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: A Unique Spirituality
1 The History Lands
2 A Young Man from a Poor Family
3 The Baron's Great-Granddaughter
4 The Conversion of Jesse Griffen
5 Mr. Vernon and a Spirituality of Literary Awareness
6 Polygamy, and a Letter to a Beloved Brother
7 The Promise of Zion
8 Friends in England
9 Embarking for a New Land
10 Arrival in America
11 Journey across the Plains
12 The Diaries of Israel Evans
13 My Own Handcart Journey
14 Hell and the Devils
15 The Silent Period
16 The Brothers Kemp
17 Florence
18 Amos Billingsley's Diary
19 Charlie Burdick
20 Robert C. Elvin and the Missouri Mormons
21 The Mormons and the Civil War
22 Benjamin Bates
23 The First Nebraska Infantry
24 Letters of a Family
25 A Community of Friends
26 Old Rockport
27 The Union Pacific Railroad
28 The Evergreen Home
29 Wellen
30 Children and Family
31 Elvin's Disability
32 Becoming Crawford
33 The Marsh Brothers
34 The Winter of 1888
35 Wellen Goes to Wyoming
36 Lula
37 A Death-Defying Raft Trip
38 Wellen's Favorite Haunts
39 Edward A. Whitney
40 Mary's Sister Eliza
41 He Knoweth Best
42 Adam and Eva
43 Thanksgiving, 1897
44 Eva's Journey to Zion
45 A Woman's Fight
46 Jesse's Final Journey
47 Eva's Redemption
Afterword
Appendix A: The People of Rockport
Appendix B: The Location of Rockport

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