The great escape of Maren Johanne Rasmussen — my great-great-grandmother

In 1866, Maren Johanne Rasmussen was 28 and faced a tearful day as her widowed mother and six brothers refused to bid her goodbye. Rasmussen, who was known as "Hannah," had joined The LDS Church and was determined to leave Denmark and travel to Zion in America. Her angry mother and brothers were just as determined that she wasn't going anywhere. So they locked her in her upstairs bedroom.

Her mother and brothers feared the warnings of the local minister that terrible things would come to his congregation and their families should anyone have anything to do with this “evil church from America.”

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