In April of 2012 the leadership of the Fort Herriman Utah Stake had a problem. The stake had grown faster than anticipated and there would be too many youth to put together a traditional pioneer trek the following year. It was decided that instead of going on the traditional trek, the youth of the stake would experience the Restoration of the gospel through reenacted events from Church history occurring during the years 1820–1847.
For the next year more than 100 adults and youth spent thousands of hours preparing for the special event. On July 17, the special trek began.