In 1846, Brigham Young led the Latter-day Saints across the Mississippi on their historic trek to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. From newly-built homes in small villages such as Deseret, they built temples in St. George, Logan and Manti. Through the second half of the 19th century, these Mormon pioneers created "honey bee" communities that made the desert bloom. This is the dramatic story of the miracle of the seagulls, the rescue of the "handcart pioneers," and the national debate over "plural marriage" and religious freedom that led to Utah statehood and brought the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into the mainstream of American life.
Part of the Odyssey Channel's Landmarks of Faith series.