Pioneer Day

July 28, 2013

 There is an official holiday in Utah that most of the world doesn't even know about. It's a pretty big deal. It's called Pioneer Day. This happens on July 24th and it's celebrating the first group of Mormon pioneers settling in the Salt Lake Vally after being forced from Nauvoo and other places in the eastern United States. I grew up in St. Louis and had no idea that such a holiday existed. I remember when I went to BYU people went crazy over this holiday with getting the day off work, parades, fireworks, etc. It was fun to see that a lot of Arizonans celebrate this day too. 

My friend Annie suggested we go to the Pioneer History Museum in North Phoenix. It's filled with authentic buildings and some reproductions of an old 1800s town. It was fun to see this little town filled with an old church, blacksmith shop, sheriff's jail, and ranch complex. We had a blast exploring the old town and having girl talk, and the ice cream afterwards wasn't half bad either:)

This was a day to reflect on the faith and courage of the pioneers and to express gratitude for their examples to us. I am so grateful for the pioneers who were so willing to sacrifice and give everything up to follow the Lord. Their determination allowed the church to flourish and spread to the entire world.
 Do I have enough faith to give up everything like the pioneers did? I really don't know if I could have walked over 1000 miles across the United States with a handcart, but I do hope that I can make powerful, righteous decisions today that will positively impact my future posterity.

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