The young French woman can easily be described as a religious pioneer in her country where she is the only member of the Church in her 2,300-student high school. Yet as she joined the rugged, mountain expedition in Salt Lake City, she recognized contrasts. “I arrived here so quickly compared to the pioneers who came from my country so many years ago,” Laura observed.
During the reenactment, she hiked nearly 30 miles over rocky terrain and up steep hills. Laura donned pioneer costume, ate from a tin plate and slept on the ground. “I couldn’t have done this in France,” she explained. “We have girls’ camp every year, but on the trek we could really feel like the pioneers. We had to be strong, to work; we had food, but they had little food. I was tired, but it was a great experience.”