It’s summer time! Time to break out those flip-flops, shorts, swim suits, and pioneer attire!
My 14-year-old is currently on her first, and the first for our family, pioneer trek. Our stake is doing a great job of keeping us updated through a Facebook group, and I am loving the pictures and hearing about what they are doing almost minute-by-minute.
When I dropped off a group of girls yesterday, I overheard someone say, “Why do we celebrate only the small group of pioneers who came by handcart?” (we do a handcart trek).
I do know they looked into doing a covered wagon trek based on what the journey was like for the majority of those who made the Westward migration, but it’s cost prohibitive. Namely, it involves animals and they are not cheap to rent, transport, or maintain. Someone years ago built really nifty handcarts that fold up perfectly in a trailer and since then our youth have made this journey every 4 years – so that each youth will be able to experience it once between ages 14 and 18
It’s true that most of our Mormon pioneers did not come by handcart, or at least not solely by handcart. In all of our great-greats, between my husband and I only one person was a handcart pioneer. There were a few others who came by covered wagon, but the great majority of them came in the late 1800′s or early 1900′s as converts from Europe and they took ships and trains. And then of course we have many church members who are 1st and 2nd generation members and they don’t have “pioneer” ancestry at all (they ARE the pioneers). [click to continue…]