Church News: Question of the week

What song, adapted for inclusion in the Children's Songbook, was composed in the early 1850s to be sung by groups of pioneers pulling handcarts across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley?

(Answer on page 11)

Here's answer to week's question

(From page 2)

"The Handcart Song," page 220 in the Children's Songbook, was written by John Daniel Thompson McAllister, who himself crossed the plains to Salt Lake City as a young man and then later wrote the song to help the handcart companies that followed to have the courage to walk the long way to the valley. A contemporary verse was written by Lucile Cardon Reading and is part of the version in the Children's Songbook.

Source: Our Children's Songs by Virginia B. Cannon

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