This summer's LDS media story? Pioneer treks

It has been a staple for journalists for years: Go out and spend some time with the full-time Mormon missionaries. Journalists have written hundreds of such missionary stories in everything from the New York Times to the smallest community weekly.

However, the newest story of choice for journalists this summer is youth reenactments of pioneer treks.

There have been several stories from across the country the summer featuring such treks. The themes are winners and easy to identify:

# Local youth trace the path of their ancestors and spiritual heritage.

# Youths gain spiritual insight through the experience.

# Youths have to endure some deprivation (such as leaving their cell phones home) and wear pioneer clothes.

# It's news because many wouldn't expect such devotion from youths.

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