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Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

The 1856 Handcart Rescue Revisited: A Reminder of Our Responsibility Today

Taught by Jeff Meservy


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 2 p.m. Taylor Chapel
Jeff Meservy

Jeff Meservy


Jeff Meservy was raised in Centerville, Utah. He served a mission in Rosario, Argentina, and returned to complete his degree at Ricks College. He then studied at the University of Utah and received a degree in Political Science. Meservy then attended Brigham Young University where he earned a master's degree in Public Administration. Finally, he attended Concord Law School and received his juris doctorate.

Meservy has taught Seminary and Institute for the past 20 years. As well as being in the classroom, he has had the opportunities to work with the Church schools in Mexico and the South Pacific and visit schools in Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, and Mexico. He has taught in the Pre-Service Program where he instructed those trying to become seminary teachers. For the last four years, Meservy has studied and worked extensively on the Pioneer Trail spending a great deal of time in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. He currently serves as the director of the Taylorsville Institute in Taylorsville, Utah, adjacent to Salt Lake Community College.

Meservy is married to Lorinda Mitchell of Idaho Falls. Together they have five children (Brittni 17, Tristina 16, Jaden 9, and Micah 6. Their third child, Kalissa, passed away about 10 years ago). He has served in several Church capacities and currently serves as stake president of the Salt Lake Hunter Stake. Meservy and his family reside in West Valley, Utah.

Class Outline

There is much to be learned by studying the rescue of the 1856 handcart companies, such as the strength that comes from hope and the fact that the rescue is a process not a one-time event. Both the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies had to face Rocky Ridge and Martin's Cove after the advanced rescue party had arrived. In our lives, we all spiritually find ourselves in need of hope as well as stranded in situations from which we need to be rescued. How blessed we are to know the Atonement provides both hope and the ability to rescue us from those places where we find ourselves stranded.