Death Valley Days: Season 1, Episode 16

Sego Lilies (28 Apr. 1953)

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A young woman has trouble adjusting to the rough prairie after her Mormon husband is called to settle a new "Zion" away from Salt Lake City. The longer she stays there, the more she wants ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Hutton ...
David Cannon
Sally Mansfield ...
Wilhelmina 'Willie' Cannon
Ella Ethridge ...
Sister Sarah Wipple
John Dierkes ...
Hank Patterson ...
John Halloran ...
Mormon reporting accident
Charles Hayes ...
Mormon reporting accident
Stanley Andrews ...
Host (as The Old Ranger)


A young woman has trouble adjusting to the rough prairie after her Mormon husband is called to settle a new "Zion" away from Salt Lake City. The longer she stays there, the more she wants to leave until she finally has to take desperate measures to get what she thinks she truly wants. Written by Michelle P.

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All Is Well
31 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the best stories I've seen done on life in the early LDS church is this one called Sego Lilies. It involves a Mormon family transplanted out of Salt Lake City to help set up a new town in southern Utah near the Arizona border during the Civil War. At that time Brigham Young as head of the church was virtually a sovereign power of his own as the church opted out of the struggle that was tearing American apart.

The LDS church was intent upon building its own Zion as they would have described it. Salt Lake City was in 1861-62 a decent size frontier city having a remarkable growth from its humble beginnings in 1846. But what most 'gentile' viewers would not get is that the church could order someone like a young couple in this case played by Robert Hutton and Sally Mansfield to uproot themselves from the relative comfort of Salt Lake City and go pioneering again.

Hutton in this story is ready to go as the church dictates, but Mansfield is not so crazy about the idea, but she's a good wife and they take themselves and their infant son to the new settlement and go through the pioneering that their parents did, that they might have as toddlers remember. Ella Ethridge plays a no nonsense LDS wife who tells Mansfield not to get to comfortable in Salt Lake City and to forget about the life she left.

I don't pretend to be a theologian, but I do know that LDS church membership involves more than a visit to a house of worship on Sunday. They do show a scene at a newly erected temple where the congregation is led in singing the Mormon hymn All Is Well.

In case you're wondering where the title of the episode comes from, the Sego Lily is the state flower of Utah and they bloom all over where the Mormon pioneers are starting the settlement. For us 'gentiles' Sego Lilies is nice look into life in the Mormon Church post the original settling in what became the state of Utah.

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