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Mormon Media Observer: Reporters still neglect story of the Mormon trek

August 08, 2012
source: Deseret News

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MR says: Pioneer treks are showing up in more places than the West. Italy, Siberia, and other parts of the world are hosting treks for their youth, too.

While journalists have told tens of thousands of news stories involving members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — often referred to as "Mormons" — this last year, one quiet story continues to be neglected in the mainstream press. In so doing, readers don't always understand us. The story they often miss is the story of the handcart pioneers.

I was thinking of that this week because I recently took my turn as a "Pa" on a Pioneer Trek, a special re-creation of the Mormon pioneers' journey designed for LDS youth.

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