Lesson 43: Handcart Companies Come to the Salt Lake Valley


The purpose of teaching Primary 5 Lesson 43: Handcart Companies Come to the Salt Lake Valley is to inspire everyone to be like the handcart pioneers and valiantly endure to the end.

Teaching Thoughts

  • Make a "handcart" for your class to use. You could even create a mini course or a life-sized board game for Enrichment Activity 1. 
  • Assign children characters from this lesson to present the week before. Bring a few props for them to get into their part.
  • Play the board game included in The Red Headed Hostess class packet.

The following links are to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"A Priceless Heritage" by President James E. Faust

"Following the Pioneers" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks


Pioneers (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Elder Dallin H. Oaks talks about modern pioneers.

Reviewing the Lessons of the Past (about 4 minutes)- L. Tom Perry speaks about the legacy of Mormon pioneers, and youth talk about their experience on a pioneer trek.

LDS Filmmaker Brings Stories of Early Saints to Life (about 2 minutes)- A scene from the movie 17 Miracles.

Faith of our Fathers (about 2 minutes)- President Uchtdorf speaks about pioneers.


"I Will Be Valiant"- Children's Songbook pg. 162

"Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked"- Children's Songbook pg. 214

"The Handcart Song"- Children's Songbook pg. 220

"Little Pioneer Children"- Children's Songbook pg. 216

"Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey"- Children's Songbook pg. 215

"To Be a Pioneer"- Children's Songbook pg. 218

"Westward Ho!"- Children's Songbook pg. 217

"Whenever I Think About Pioneers"- Children's Songbook pg. 222


My Primary 5 Lesson 43 handout packet includes

  • Game cards to go with Enrichment Activity 1
  • Name cards to go with Enrichment Activity 3
  • Scripture poster to go with Enrichment Activity 4

Activity Ideas

Create Your Own Handcart- Make a handcart out of paper pattern.

Heroes in the Snow-The Martin Handcart Company- This story was used as an idea for Family Home Evening in the Friend. Fill a box representing a handcart with items that help us get through our journey on earth: scriptures, journal, Friend magazine, etc.

Gathering to Zion- An illustrated map and activity to show how Saints got to the Salt Lake Valley.

Handcart Pioneers- Spot the differences in two illustrated pictures of pioneers with their handcart.

Mormon Pioneers- A word search using words about pioneers.

Pioneer Children- Solve a word puzzle to discover what pioneer children did on their journey West.

Pioneer Handcart- Make a handcart out of juice box and other craft supplies.

Pioneer Hidden Pictures- Find hidden objects in this picture of a family pulling their handcart.

Pioneer Maze- Help the handcart pioneers through a maze to their new home.

Pioneer Message- Cross off words to find out the message from a pioneer girl.

Pioneer Puzzle Game- A board game about pioneers.

Remembering Iowa- Several bullet points of background information on the handcart pioneers. You could use this review, pass them out to read, or use them as questions for a game.

Martin's Cove- A comic-book style story of the Martin Handcart Company rescue.

Coloring Pages

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows When I Know Who He Is

Obedience Brings Blessings

Pioneers Pulling a Handcart