In the early years of the Church, many saints set out to escape religious persecution and build their homes out west. The trail was long and hard, but they set out willingly. In October 1856, the saints were gathered at General Conference in Salt Lake City. They recevied word that several of their brothers and sisters were still on the trail, with temperatures dropping and supplies running low. President Brigham Young stood in conference and announced to the congregation:
“Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with handcarts, and probably many are now seven hundred miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them. That is my religion; that is the dictation of the Holy Ghost that I possess. It is to save the people.”
Rescue teams were sent to the pioneers who were still on the trail and several lives were spared because of their efforts.
We, like President Brigham Young and the early saints, have the responsibility to bring our brothers and sisters home and to save them. We need to be our brother’s keeper and to look for opportunities to help, to serve, even to save.