Author: Donald Godfrey
This book is a collection of colorful stories of a group of Mormon pioneers and their families who left their marks on their communities, church, and family history. It begins two hundred years ago, with Joseph Godfrey and later Charles Ora Card. Joseph was a runaway boy who became a mariner, sailing the oceans until he was robbed, losing his life's belongings at sea. He and his best friend, George Coleman, crossed the plains on their way to Utah and drew lots to see which of them would join the Mormon Battalion and which would remain taking care of their families. George joined, and as a result he lost his life.
These pioneers crossed the Atlantic, rode wagons, and walked barefoot across the plains to Zion. They suffered the temper of angry mobs. They knew the prophets and contemporary apostles. They grew and flourished in the regions of Salt Lake, Weber, and Cache Valley, Utah; Star Valley, Wyoming; and the prairies of Alberta, Canada. They were simply faithful Latter-day Saints contributing to their communities and their church.
About the Authors:
Donald B. Godfrey, PhD, is a professor emeritus of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. he was the recipient of the 2017 Broadcast Education Association's Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship and the Mormon History Association's Christensen Best Documentary Award in 2007. His articles on Mormon History have appeared in the Journal of Mormon History, the American Review of Canadian Studies, Pioneer, This People, and the Ensign. His is the founding directory of the ASU School of Journalism's doctoral program. he is now retired, living and writing from his home in Arizona.