I have been kind of MIA this past week as far as updating my website and social media sites goes. That is because I have been sewing like a mad woman trying to get clothing ready for our Pioneer Trek that is happening this week.
For those who have never heard of a Pioneer Trek, let me give you the nutshell version...In the 1800's, the Mormons were driven out of Illinois and Missouri because of persecution and prejudices. The first of the pioneers who left used wagons to carry their things across the plains to what eventually became the state of Utah. However, there were thousands of emigrants from England and other countries in Europe who did not have the means to purchase wagons, so they used handcarts to make the journey. Many people died along the way. To help keep their experiences and memory alive, our Stake plans a Pioneer Trek every 5 years. We take the youth ages 14-18, put them in Trek families, and have them walk with handcarts to experience a tiny sliver of what the pioneers experienced. It is always an incredible experience and I am very excited about it.
Because we will be having this awesome experience, I decided that today's song should be one that will put us all in the "pioneer mood." It is one that is always used when talking about pioneer experiences and whenever I hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing it...wow. Just wow.
These brave men, women, and children have always held a special place in my heart. The sacrifices they made were amazing and I am blessed to have pioneer heritage in my family. My ancestors suffered and did some really hard things and as I have found journal entries and read about their experiences, it has solidified in my mind that if they could do these incredibly hard things, then I can definitely do the hard things that I am required to endure.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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