Tucon's pioneer legacy 'They came and existed and they farmed'

Duane Bingham's great-grandfather was searching for warmer weather when he moved his family from Ogden, Utah, to the Arizona desert in 1894.

Almost 12 decades later, Brother Bingham walked through Binghampton Cemetery, established in 1899, and talked about his ancestors and others who struggled to build this community.

"They came and existed and they farmed," said Brother Bingham, a fourth-generation Church member in Tucson.

From those early pioneers, the Church in this area has grown to include 25,000 Latter-day Saints in six stakes.

Just like those early days, Tucson is still "a place to come for opportunity," said Tucson Arizona Stake President Gary D. Rasmussen.

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