Ahhh trek. That Mormon right of passage that no one can successfully explain to people who haven't had this unique experience. Yes, we pack up handcarts, don bonnets and wide-brimmed hats, and walk across the desert. But there's so much more to trek than that.
To help explain, here are a few Disney GIFs to explain all of the tumultuous emotions, the fatigue, the testimonies, and the experiences that sum up trek:
That moment when you first find out who is in your trek family and you can't wait for how perfect everything is going to be.
How you feel when you first start on the trail in the morning.
How you feel after the first three miles.
That moment when you find out what you thought was the end of the trail turns out to be only your first stop in a 10-mile journey.
That moment when your trek Ma and Pa have to intervene to get you back on your feet.
How you feel when you finally make it to the camp at the end of a long day.
How you respond after you finally hear the dinner bell.
That moment when you learn you are miles away from the nearest toilet that flushes.
That moment when everyone finally takes their shoes off at night.
That moment when your leaders are outside your tent waking you up before the sun has even risen.
How the women feel when they find out they are one their own to climb the steepest hill on the whole trek.
How the women tear it up the hill so the men can't even catch up by the time they get there to help.
That moment when people start singing "Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked and Walked and Walked and Walked" for the fourth straight hour in a row.
That moment when you think the pioneer hoedown is going to be lame, but by the end, you're like:
That moment you completely dominate at pioneer leg wrestling.
That moment when you just can't stop crying during testimony meeting.
How you look the first day of trek.
How you look the last day of trek.
That moment you have to say goodbye to your trek family.
That moment you realize your life is never going to be the same again.
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