Listen to President J. Reuben Clark Jr. pay tribute to Mormon pioneers in rare audio file

The centennial celebration of the Mormon pioneers' 1847 entry into the Salt Lake Valley was coming to a close. Parades. Dramatic pageants. Pioneer reenactments. A newly dedicated "This is the Place" monument stood at the mouth of Emigration Canyon.

It was October, and with general conference coming, most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints probably thought everything that could be said about the pioneers had been already said.

But the most significant talk about the pioneers was yet to be delivered.

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