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You are here: > News > July 23, 2014; 5:30 GMT

Mormon pioneers as a free energy birthing metaphor

I descend from John Watkins and Margaret Ackhurst of the Martin Handcart company, who would have starved and froze to death on their way to Salt Lake City had it not been for the intervention of miracles and a rescue team. I used to think they were irresponsible, but now I realize they were visionaries like me.

John Watkins with his first wife (of, eventually, several polygamist partners), Margaret -- my dad's great, great grand parents, came from Europe in the Martin Handcart Company.

One of these men (in the front) was played by my friend, Homer Workman, who used to attend the American Study Group, which I founded in 1992; and now also lives here in Fountain Green.

Sketch of Salt Lake City in 1860, 8 years prior to the arrival of these two handcart companies.

SLC hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

Tomorrow, Mormons celebrate the arrival of Brigham Young with the first set of pioneers into Salt Lake valley in 1847. July 24 is an even bigger celebration in Utah than the 4th of July. Bigger parades and more fireworks.

My ancestry is deeply embedded in the Mormon pioneer story. All four grandparents descend from Mormon polygamous stock. John Watkins and his wife, Margaret Ackhurst of the famed Martin Handcart company ("company" in this context, has nothing to do with business, but is another word for "group") were my dad's great, great grand parents. I grew up thinking everyone had polygamists in their ancestry. 

I had a sheltered childhood, with stalwart parents, even though we lived in Boulder, Colorado, which I realized later is one of the most liberal/progressive towns in the United States. Part of that was due to living out away from town, with neighbors who were also LDS (Latter-Day Saints).

Mormon and "Pioneer" are words that in many regards are synonymous -- forging new territory.

As I grow older, I'm coming to realize what a significant event the Willie and Martin Handcart story is in Mormon history.

I used to see it as a tale of a group of irresponsible Mormons, who, in their zeal, headed toward Salt Lake City too late in the season, and ended up running out of supplies, with scarce warm clothing to handle winter travel; and, had it not been for rescuers, would have all died. As it was, of the 980 pioneers in both camps, more than 213 lost their lives in the trek -- 22% -- nearly one in four of them.

That seemed, to me, like the height of irresponsibility, with zeal overriding common sense and reality.

But a couple of weeks ago, I watched two excellent movies by producer, T. C. Christensen, that dramatize this episode in LDS Church history: "Ephraim's Rescue" and "17 Miracles" (available on Watch It Now on Netflix). These showed me many things I had not been aware of, that gave me a completely different perspective on this saga.

The two companies both came from Europe, and many of the pioneers had saved up funds for 15-20 years to make the journey. As they were faced with the decision whether to forge ahead, stay put, or turn around, it wasn't like going to the grocery store when faced with a blizzard, versus opting out. They had put everything on the line to make this journey, and staying put or turning around not only felt like giving up on a dream, but in many cases would have been just as perilous as forging ahead. They didn't have provisions to feed all those people through the winter, even back when they were in more civilized portions of the trek. Even the "more civilized" corridors were only provisioned for a few locals, not hundreds of travelers passing through.

After weighing fully what they were up against, they essentially voted unanimously to forge ahead, and to trust that divine intervention would help them. And indeed, they did witness many miracles, including instances of the dead being raised, and the lame (from frostbite) walking.

My dad tells me that our ancestor, John Watkins, while he was in Winter Quarters (established by the Mormons near what is now Omaha City, Nebraska, after being evicted from Nauvoo, on their way to what became Salt Lake City), one of the earlier hold-over locations, had a vision of the disaster that would happen to the Martin Handcart company, and chose to go ahead anyway.

That's my heritage, and I'd dare say that this courage and visionary fortitude to forge ahead despite a bleak outlook regarding the journey, for the sake of the promising destination, is literally in my blood.

Many who were in those two handcart groups became stalwart pillars in the establishment of Deseret (the name of the Mormon territory that included most all of Utah and Nevada and most of Arizona, with a big chunk of California, and portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico; which was settled mostly by Mormons). All of them were grateful they had forged ahead, and saw this trek as one of the most spiritual experiences of their life. Divine outpourings were abundantly bestowed on the beleaguered Saints.

In writing this story, I learned for the first time that the Martin Handcart company arrived in Salt Lake City on November 30 -- my birthday -- making me feel even more justified in drawing this analogy between this Mormon saga and the quest for exotic free energy.

Lessons/Analogies for the Free Energy Quest

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see the similarities between the quest for exotic free energy that we've been on, and these pioneer stories -- sacrificing comforts of civilization in order to establish new frontiers.

The superficial look would say we're all being foolish and irresponsible in this quest, and that we had best not head out on ventures with so little provisions. How many times have people urged me to "get a real job" instead of seemingly incessantly asking for donations?

What they don't take into account is that I'm all in on this venture. I adamantly believe in the new frontier to which we are headed. I want to get there, even though I know the journey will be difficult. And I realize that without assistance from others that we could perish. And like the pioneers, turning around or staying put is likely to be just as treacherous for my survival.

There have, indeed, been "fatalities", both literal, such as inventors like Stanley Meyers and, more recently, Fred Bell, and the Millennium Motors group of three leaders, who are killed; and figuratively, in terms of people who just get burned out and give up on the quest and abandon it. See our index at 

For me, personally, the timing of my writing of this story could not be more fitting, in terms of the Martin Handcart disaster scenario. I would compare my present situation to the time when the snow had come and their provisions had run out, and if it were not for the incoming rescue crew while they were yet some 320 miles from Salt Lake City, they would have all perished. This could be considered the fulcrum of their saga, the make-or-break point.

The bad news in this analogy is that, like the Martin Handcart company, the outlook for me right now is very bleak. Our bank accounts are zeroed out, our credit cards nearly maxed out, we have bills due and have run out of revenue to pay them, we have debts accumulating, my annual business incorporation renewal is pending shortly, my tax assessment is facing me this week. Donations have shriveled nearly to the point that much of that revenue goes toward covering the non-sufficient fund fees we get hit with as things bounce.

On top of that, Cheri asked for a divorce nearly 2 months ago (doesn't have to do with things not materializing yet in exotic free energy).

The good news of the analogy is the hope of a rescue team that will arrive just in time to prevent total disaster.

I've had whisperings of rescue teams many times over the years, as different people say that they plan to finance PESN once one thing or another on their end comes into alignment. They say they deeply value what we do and want to see us continue and expand.

Will there be a rescue team arrive? I hope so. We'll not be able to go on much longer in this present mode. I certainly don't want to see our detractors prediction of our demise come true. Do you?

We appreciate the small donations along with the larger ones. They all have helped us stay afloat all these years.

What I really want to see is someone who is willing to invest or loan a larger amount in our vision, which I'm certain is going to materialize -- with or without me. They will get their money back with a healthy return, and possibly an ongoing royalty in our success down the road.

In the Mormon Pioneer analogy, the Mormons set up what was called the "perpetual immigration fund". (You've got to love that name in the context of our analogy.) Those who arrived in Deseret contributed to the fund that financed new immigrants, thus paying back what they themselves received to make the trek in the first place, making it possible for new immigrants to come.

That is actually a good analogy for what seems to be percolating in the exotic free energy sector. Inventors, such as Raphial Morgado and Don Bell, say "My success will be your success," pointing to PES as having been instrumental in 1) keeping them motivated, 2) giving them hope, 3) hooking them up with some good contacts who have been beneficial in helping him move forward. So once their technologies materialize, they have promised to provide PES with operational funds in gratitude for the role we have played. That, in turn, will help us continue fostering yet other technologies to materialize; and as they do, some of them are likely to provide PES with additional funds, and so forth, enabling us to set up a "perpetual funding platform" similar to the pioneer's perpetual immigration fund.

Meanwhile, as we wait for even one of these many promising technologies to materialize in the market, we languish for lack of provisions.

Unlike the Willie and Martin Handcart companies treks, which took several months; this Free Energy Quest has been going on for many years -- 12 so far, that I've been involved with directly. But while the time scale is expanded in our case, I still think the pioneer analogy is a good one, and the Martin Handcart company, especially so.

Maybe there are some spiritual birthing principles that come to bear here, as to why things must be so difficult, in bringing about something so great.

The emergence of exotic free energy is going to transform the entire planet, making energy affordable for everyone, clean, responsible, portable, compact. It's truly "power to the people", empowering them both figuratively and literally. It will create an economic boom. It will replace the scarcity mentality with a responsible abundance mentality. It will enable people to live and work where previously they could not: on mountains, under the sea, in space. It will engender new transportation modalities and incredible speeds. It will enable clean, distributed growing methods for food and water production.

It's huge. It's a vision so big that most people's cognitive dissonance disallows it out of hand. Few have the capacity to embrace such a large vision in today's mentality of scarcity and control and dogma by the establishment.

I think that vision is worth supporting. Do you?


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