On the morning of October 19, 1856, the widow Ann Jewell Rowley continued her journey from the 5th crossing of the Sweetwater with her six living children and a broken heart. The oldest Rowley daughter, 33-year-old Eliza, had just been buried. Eliza had never been very strong and the shortened rations of the last two weeks had finally taken their toll.
October 19 marked the same day that the Willie handcart company issued the last food in camp. It was also the first day that snow was encountered on the journey. Eliza was spared these and other trials to come. The faith of the Rowley family sustained them in their belief that Eliza had been taken “through the veil” to the world of spirits to await the resurrection day.
Ether 12:19: And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong . . . who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.