We're not a big party, son. We're just a handful of people sent out to mark the trail and prepare the ground for those who are gonna come after us. By next summer they'll be 100 families on the move. And they're countin' on us to have a crop ready for them. And if we don't, they'll starve, sure as shootin'. That's why we gotta reach that valley before the winter rains come. We been prayin' that we'd be showed the way. It might just be that you boys are the answer to our prayers.... Leading our wagons to the San Juan, to a valley that's been reserved for us by the Lord, been reserved for His people. So we can plow it and seed it and make it fruitful in His eyes.
Frank S. Nugent (1908–1965), U.S. screenwriter, Patrick Ford, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond), Wagon Master, trying to convince two young horse traders to guide a wagon train of Mormons to Utah (1950).