Editor's note: We welcome submissions from our readers, including photos and articles of general interest. The following story was submitted by Amy Latimer Beal, a granddaughter of Utah pioneer Petrea Jensen Latimer.

"My grandmother, Petrea Jensen Latimer, was born at Tesla, Amp County, Bestasogn, Denmark, June 4, 1864. Her father was born June 6, 1826, at Truselberg, Denmark," Beal said. "Her mother, Anna Katherine Nielsen, was born June 9, 1831, at Vester, Denmark and died July 17, 1866."

Beal, 91, who lives with her daughter Gaylinn Mortenson in Riverton, is proud of her family history and particularly her grandmother, who had a difficult time crossing the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 22, 1866, with frozen hands and feet.

The Latimer family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1866 and left for America on May 15 aboard the ship Knilworth, which left Hamburg, Germany, with 684 Scandinavian Saints on board. Samuel L. Sprague was in charge of the company. The ship landed in New York City on July 17, and on that day Petrea's mother died of a stroke and was buried in Queens Garden.

"After her mother died, Petrea's father took his four children and started for Utah. He took care of the children until they reached Wyoming, Neb. About Aug. 20, her father got up and prepared breakfast for the five of them and was buried that night in a blanket on the prairie under the stars, leaving four orphans.

Her sister, Nicolena, disappeared, and they never saw her again. They never knew whether an Indian or a wolf got her, but they believed she died on the way because no one ever heard of her again, Beal said.

Anna Latimer's oldest sister, Karen, and her brother, Jens, arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 7 in a relief wagon train commanded by Azra G. Hinckley. The wagons were sent 450 miles to meet them. She was with the last company of the train, Abner Lowery's company.

"Petrea reached Salt Lake City Oct. 22, 1866. Her hands and feet were frozen as they were caught in a snowstorm in Emigration Canyon. On arriving in the valley, she was taken in by William Henry and Christina Stuart Attley. Mother Attley soaked her hands and feet in coal oil which drew out the frost, so she was blessed by having and her hands and feet to take her through life," Beal said.

"Mother Attley didn't adopt Petrea as she wanted grandmother to be with her family. She was eager to keep her in contact with her brother and sister, which she was able to do through considerable work. She also sent grandmother to grade school and the University of Deseret in 1878, possibly the youngest to graduate from that school. She was the youngest of eight women graduates."

Petrea married John Latimer Sr. June 19, 1884, in the Endowment House with Elder Daniel H. Wells officiating. They had 11 children, nine sons and two daughters.

"My father, David D. Latimer, the second child, married my mother, Amy Ella 'Nellie' Simpson (Siemsen). They had two daughters, and my sister, Ruby Irene Wagstaff, and I are the oldest grandchildren. My daughter, Saundra Heenan, is the first great-great-grandchild.

"Grandma had two sons in missions and two in the service during World War I. All her children graduated from public schools. Grandpa helped build the Salt Lake Temple, and Grandma worked in the temple and said she desired to continue to do so as long as possible." She died in September 1954 in Salt Lake City.

Beal and her late husband, Elbert Beal, who died April 2, 1999, had three daughters, Gaylinn Mortenson of Riverton, Saundra Heenan of South Jordan and Cheryl Madrid of West Valley City.