Still, every summer thousands of LDS youth and their leaders don pioneer-style garb and leave creature comforts behind to push and pull handcarts, enjoy the fellowship of their trek "families" and develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Mormon pioneers. Most return home with a few blisters and a journal filled with life-altering experiences and memories.
A pair of youth from the South Jordan Highland Utah Stake knew well the meaning of challenges and endurance long before their stake's recent pioneer trek in western Wyoming. Seventeen-year-old Cambrey Bean suffered a stroke several months ago that, for a time, left her unable to walk and speak. Josh Lindsey, 15, was born with a rare medical condition that affects his limbs, the bones of his body and his ability to recover quickly after physical exertion.