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President Eyring reflects on his pioneer past

July 18, 2012
source: Deseret News

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I decided long ago that I just wouldn’t have made a good pioneer crossing the plains back in 1847. I need air conditioning — badly. Spiders and snakes spook me. And I might have grumbled more than a time or two about climbing through rugged mountain passes and having only a handful of flour to eat for an entire day.

So my admiration for the Mormon pioneers’ dedication, faith, hope and sheer willpower is huge. They had to dig deep for the inner strength to persevere, as even the simplest daily activities depended on mammoth amounts of courage due to weather, illness and other complicating hardships.

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