|A tribute to Mormon pioneers|
|Cynthia Beckstead, age 10|
Cynthia becomes weak, and will remain so for the rest of her life. When the Becksteads reach Winter Quarters, the Stoddards want to adopt the Beckstead children. When Cynthia and her new family reach the promise land of Salt Lake, Utah Cynthia is glad she was able to see such happiness an peace at last.
I know you thinking that this story was way to sad, but it's realistic. Mormon pioneers did not travel through the path of ice cream and butterflies. It was hard, unbearably so. I like how Cynthia symbolizes courage and faith, staying strong even when everything is falling apart. I know this is a little close to Kirsten's story and time period but this seemed like an interesting piece of history.