Happy Pi Day! To celebrate, we recall the miraculous story of a pie that saved 16-year-old Louisa Mellor Clark (pictured above) and her mother, Mary Anne. Members of the Wille and Martin handcart companies, they faced great difficulty in traveling from England and crossing the plains with their family. Louisa recorded an incident in her journal about how God provided for them in their extremity.
“My mother, still being weak, finally gave up and said she could go no further. The company could not wait for her, so she bade my father goodbye and kissed each one of the children Godspeed. Then my mother sat down on a boulder and wept. I told my sister, Elizabeth, to take good care of the twins and the rest of the family, and that I would stay with mother. I went a few yards away and prayed with faith that God would help us, that He would protect us from wolves, and that He would let us reach camp. As I was going back to where my mother was sitting I found a pie in the road. I picked it up and gave it to mother to eat. After resting awhile we started on our journey, thanking God for the blessings. A few miles before we reached camp we met my father coming out to meet us. We arrived in camp at 10:00 p.m.”
“Many times after that mother felt like giving up and quitting, but then she would remember how wonderful the Lord had been to spare her so many times, and offered a prayer of gratitude instead. So she went on her way rejoicing while walking the blood-stained path of snow.”
The experience is depicted in the film 17 Miracles.
Louisa and her mother made it to the Salt Lake Valley. Louisa married, had nine children, and died at the age of 75 in 1915. Mary Anne Payne Mellor died at the age of 76 in 1895. Both are wonderful examples of our pioneer heritage.