Pioneers
 
Our Pioneer Heritage:
 
“Close to the heart of Mormondom, as close as the beehive symbol of labor and cohesiveness that decorates the great seal of Utah, is the stylized memory of the trail. For every early Saint, crossing the plains to Zion in the Valleys of the Mountains was not merely a a journey but a rite of passage, the final, devoted, enduring act that brought one into the Kingdom. Until the railroad made the journey too easy, and until new generations born in the valley began to outnumber the immigrant Saints, the shared experience of the trail was a bond that reinforced the bonds of the faith; and to successive generations who did not personally experience it, it has continued to have sanctity....
 
“That I do not accept the faith that possessed them does not mean I doubt their frequent devotion and heroism....Especially their women. Their women were incredible.”
            ~Wallace Stegner, The Gathering of Zion
 
 
More information about the Mormon trail can be found at the following links:
    U. S. National Park Service 
    LDS church websitehttp://www.nps.gov/mopi/http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htmshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1
 
Crossing the Missisippi by C. C. A. Christensen.
(Courtesy BYU Museum of Art
Crossing the Missisippi by C. C. A. Christensen.
(Courtesy BYU Museum of Art