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Those who pulled handcarts across the plains are looked at today as great examples of faith—
but what many may not realize is that the handcart was an even bigger test of faith for those
who pulled them. This unusual conveyance represented more than just a cumbersome two-
wheeled burden. It represented a wrenching test of obedience. Would they come—the rich and
the poor, from all over the world—at the prophet’s call? Would they give away all but
seventeen pounds of this world’s goods? And would they come by handcart? There were those
both in and out of the Church who mocked the prophet, ridiculed the plan, and tried to stop the
obedient. But the faithful came anyway—more than three thousand of them in ten companies
of handcarts from 1856 to 1860. Their story is as unusual and as powerful as their mode of
conveyance was different. This History of the Saints special documentary DVD presentation tells
their compelling story.