In 1845, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, made their way west in order to flee from religious persecution and start a new life in the west. The 1,300-mile trip to reach their promised land would be a difficult one. This move out west would test their faith and unity as a group. This route would become known as the Mormon Trail. Over the next twenty years, about 70,000 more Mormons would embark on the trail to start a new life.