I have a deep love and great respect for these faithful children of God. Many of them were my own ancestors and as I have read stories about them and journal entries that they wrote with their own hands, I have felt a great surge of love and feel privileged to have their brave blood flowing through my veins.
With each story that I hear, my testimony of this gospel of Jesus Christ deepens.
How could this gospel be anything but true?
These faithful men and women had testimonies that burned bright and they knew that all would be well in the end. I, too, have had my testimony forged in the flames of great despair as I have faced many of my own Rocky Ridges. Through all of those experiences, I have chosen to stick with my Savior because in Him, I find peace.
Yes, the unknown is scary. Yes, it is hard to not know the answers to questions that try my faith. But, like the pioneers, I choose to press forward with Christ. I choose to rely on faith instead of fear. Humility instead of pride. I choose to turn to God when I have questions and not to the world. I choose Faith because it is the only way that will bring me everlasting peace.
I found a great video that describes the journey our pioneer ancestors took. It's a bit lengthy, but well worth the time on this Sabbath Day. As you watch it, I hope that you are able to reflect on your own ancestors, whether they were LDS pioneers or not. We are all pioneers in something and we all have the opportunity to choose to press forward or to stay in our comfort zone.
"What else but a divine restoration would prompt such an endeavor
and require such a sacrifice?"
-James E. Faust