Pioneers

By  Emily Abel
July 30, 2022 01:00 PM MDT
The legacy of the Mormon crickets isn’t over yet. Watch as a road in Idaho is saved from thousands of these intruding insects.
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July 23, 2022 06:00 AM MDT
My grandparents were forced to live in prison camps during Word War II. When they were released, they found their way to Utah where a new community awaited them.
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July 22, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
The first Spanish-speaking branch was organized in 1923. By 1946, the branch's women were setting an example for the world.
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July 22, 2022 06:00 AM MDT
A new monument honoring early Black pioneers will be dedicated on Friday, July 22, corresponding with the 175th anniversary of the first wagon company’s 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
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July 21, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
One man is adding a recovered addict, a mental health hero, and an LBGTQ+ mediator to his list of pioneers to honor this year.
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July 19, 2022 12:27 PM MDT
“Sometimes we too must turn and walk away from the future we expected and worked for.”
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July 19, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
When the first volume of The Work and the Glory series was published in 1990, readers instantly fell in love with the Steed family and their adventures in 1800s Palmyra.
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July 19, 2022 10:22 AM MDT
This Pioneer Day weekend, celebrate those who traveled with the Vanguard Company and trekked with the Mormon Battalion.
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July 19, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Mauli Bonner came away from the 2018 “Be One” celebration a changed man with an intense desire to learn more about Black pioneers and to teach others about them.
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July 14, 2022 10:41 AM MDT
Did you know as recently as 1997, nearly 10,000 people made the 1,000 mile journey over 93 days on foot across the pioneer trail?
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July 14, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
Still recovering from the Fourth of July and haven’t figured out your Pioneer Day plans yet? These fun activities and food ideas will have you celebrating in pioneer style in no time.
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June 15, 2022 10:24 AM MDT
July is a great time to celebrate our collective heritage through music, especially this year as more venues open back up to the public.
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May 09, 2022 09:25 AM MDT
Does your child have a pioneer trek coming up this summer? Or are you a "ma" or "pa"? Deseret Book has you covered!
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April 26, 2022 10:30 AM MDT
The Kanesville Tabernacle was originally built for displaced pioneers to sustain Brigham Young as Church President in 1847.
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October 20, 2021 08:28 AM MDT
Returning to his boyhood ward, President Henry B. Eyring repeatedly urged his audience to “follow the prophet” as he spoke at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers monument in Salt Lake City, honoring Utah’s silkworm industry.
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July 23, 2021 03:14 PM MDT
Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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June 09, 2021 05:14 PM MDT
Mauli Junior Bonner says when he first learned about enslaved pioneers, it strengthened him—he wanted to learn more about them, why they stayed, and what their experience had been like.
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July 29, 2020 04:20 PM MDT
What I’ve learned working with great historians is that they’re never afraid to really wrestle with the very human complexities that these stories offer. And for me, as a member of the Church, that complexity is actually what boosts my testimony.
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By  Emily Abel
July 24, 2020 11:19 AM MDT
Editor's note: "This week from the pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
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July 24, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Brigham Young was lying in the bed of a wagon, having been severely ill for the last twelve days, when he saw the valley for the first time.1 He was forty-six years old, short and quite stocky, a carpenter by trade and physically robust; but “mountain fever” could put even the strongest men flat on their backs. Several diseases fell under that generic name because they all produced high fever, severe head and body aches, deep pain behind the eyes, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Colorado tick fever was one of the least severe of these illnesses, usually passing in a few days after the onset of the symptoms, but Brigham had been down for almost two weeks, suggesting that he may have contracted the more serious Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If so, it was remarkable that he was still alive. That strain persisted for weeks, and the fatality rate was high owing to the inflammation of the heart, lungs, and brain or the kidney failure it produced. The only known treatments were home-brewed remedies and rest, but sleep was hard to come by in a wagon on the plains. Summer days were bright and hot, and Brigham would have felt every bump in the road as the wooden wheels rolled over the uneven land. And he wasn’t alone in his suffering. Thirty-seven other Latter-day Saints traveling with him had also contracted the fever—a full quarter of the company. But they did not have the luxury of time to grant the sick much rest.2
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Fun
July 23, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
A video released last year briefly highlights how one member of the Willie handcart company was from India. Here is a little more about her in celebration of Pioneer Day.
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February 03, 2020 06:54 PM MST
It’s been 174 years since the pioneers left their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois, and began the trek west in search of religious freedom.
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November 13, 2019 09:24 AM MST
Emily Hill would go through more challenges than her 20-year-old self setting sail to join the Saints ever thought she would. But those experiences helped her write prose that would inspire millions.
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By  LDS Living
August 02, 2019 04:15 PM MDT
It's that time of year again. The time when Latter-day Saint youths don bonnets and straw hats as they head out on an epic pioneer journey reenactment called trek.
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By  Emily Abel
July 24, 2019 12:54 PM MDT
It can be hard to imagine what life was like for the pioneers. We read stories of their miracles and tragedies, but what about the time in between? What was daily life like? Comparing certain aspects of our lives to their's side-by-side may help you better understand and appreciate how life has changed since 1847. Here are nine glimpses of life from a pioneer's perspective:
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July 24, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Most of us have heard of Ephraim Hanks, Porter Rockwell, Eliza R. Snow, and many other high-profile pioneers who accomplished notable events during the early years of the Church. But there are also others who were influential members of the Church who impacted the Latter-day Saints as well as the outside world. Here are just a few significant pioneers that you may never have heard of before.
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July 22, 2019 12:38 PM MDT
Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in the unveiling of the Pioneer Children’s Memorial at This Is the Place Heritage Park on Saturday in Salt Lake City. The new landmark honors the lives of more than 650 known children who died during the 1,300-mile journey Latter-day Saints made in the mid-1800s from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Utah.
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July 20, 2019 11:24 AM MDT
On June 1, 1801, Brigham Young was born in Whittingham, Widdham County, Vermont. At the same time, approximately 900 miles southwest of Whittingham, four-year-old Elisha Hurd Groves was growing up on a farm in Madison, Kentucky. No one could guess at the time the succession of events that would bring these two men together as they fled their homes and journeyed halfway across the country.
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July 10, 2019 01:09 PM MDT
"This is supposed to be where she was going to have a final resting place. And it's a little heartbreaking, I think, for the whole family," Jacob Oscarson says.
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June 13, 2019 01:52 PM MDT
Ardis E. Parshall became tearful as she walked across the cemetery lawn to see the new monument honoring William and Marie Graves. Although she knew their story, it was like she was meeting them in person for the first time.
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May 23, 2019 02:39 PM MDT
Where there was once only a slightly bent metal wagon wheel adorning Rebecca Winters's grave, now her final resting place has not only moved but has also gained a headstone and a signpost commemorating her trek west, her passing, and, in some ways, every Latter-day Saint pioneer.
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May 17, 2019 11:51 AM MDT
Sissel, the world-renowned vocalist known for her ethereal arias throughout the Oscar-winning film Titanic, will join the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at the 2019 Pioneer Day concerts. The concerts will be held in conjunction with communitywide celebrations at 8 p.m. mountain standard time on July 19 and 20 in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.
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May 10, 2019 08:41 AM MDT
When the coast-to-coast telegraph was completed in Salt Lake City in October 1861, Brigham Young sent a clear signal to President Abraham Lincoln: “Utah has not seceded but is firm for the Constitution and laws of our once happy country.” Less than eight years later, on May 10, 1869, hundreds gathered at Promontory, Utah, to witness another coast-to-coast completion. The driving of the last spike of the transcontinental railroad reverberated continuity to a once broken nation.1
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May 09, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
In A. J. Russell's iconic photograph of the celebration following the driving of the golden spike, Samuel S. Montague, chief engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad, is shaking hands with Grenville M. Dodge, chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad. Somewhere in the crowd is Leland Stanford, who first missed and then tapped the golden spike into a pre-drilled hole in a special railroad tie made of polished California laurel.
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May 06, 2019 08:22 AM MDT
During her most tender years, Mary Fielding Smith learned from both her father and mother the meaning of hard work, discipline, devotion to God, and sacrifice.
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February 15, 2019 10:03 PM MST
“I knew in whom I had trusted, and with the fire of Israel’s God burning in my bosom, I forsook my home.” So wrote Jane C. Robinson Hindley, who was one of about 90,000 European converts who gathered to an American Zion in the mid-19th century.
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October 25, 2018 12:13 PM MDT
What a fascinating article from Atlas Obscura, which remembers one of the many Latter-day Saints who lost their lives on their journey to a new home.
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October 23, 2018 01:15 PM MDT
Editor's note: This article originally ran on LDSLiving.com in 2018.
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By  LDS Living
July 25, 2018 04:51 PM MDT
As Utahns celebrated Pioneer Day on July 24, President Donald Trump issued a statement praising the state's religious founders for their "ingenuity, industry, and unwavering commitment to faith." In addition to mentioning Brigham Young and the persecution and hardships the pioneers faced, President Trump focused on the pioneer's "incredible leap of faith into the unknown:"
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By  LDS Living
July 24, 2018 01:14 PM MDT
He was a rescuer sent by Brigham Young from Utah. She was a member of the Willie handcart company. It’s an unusual setting for a love story, but this story has lasted through generations.
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By  LDS Living
July 24, 2018 12:29 PM MDT
Nothing can compare to the feeling that comes when President Thomas S. Monson starts in on one of his famous stories. The emotion and power behind his words can make us not only laugh and cry, but have a desire to truly change our lives. So, in honor of Pioneer Day, we wanted to share three of our favorite pioneer stories shared by President Monson throughout the years--pioneer stories that show how they can come from all ages and parts of the world.
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By  LDS Living
July 24, 2018 08:23 AM MDT
This year, celebrate our LDS pioneer heritage with a good laugh at these 14 hilarious pioneer-based comics and memes.
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By  LDS Living
July 24, 2018 08:19 AM MDT
Happy Pioneer Day! No matter where you live, you can celebrate the pioneers’ sacrifice by learning more about them. Start out with this quiz! Click through the pages to find out the answer to each question!
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July 23, 2018 05:02 PM MDT
Visitors walking near the Assembly Hall at Temple Square will likely see the golden statue featuring two seagulls, wings spread and perched atop a granite column standing 30 feet tall.
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July 23, 2018 09:07 AM MDT
Most Church members today don’t realize the depth of mistrust and resentment some Mormon pioneers harbored toward the United States in 1846 and 1847. When the Mormons arrived in the Great Basin, they were actually arriving in northern Mexico. They purposely crossed an international border and were fleeing the United States.
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July 21, 2018 09:06 AM MDT
This ill-fated adventure would be a singular event in Mormon history because it would be the only known shipwreck that claimed the lives of multiple Mormon pioneers on their way to Zion.
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July 21, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A spectrum of emotions is experienced while on an LDS trek. Here are a few of our favorites. Please share your favorite trek experiences in the comments below.
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July 19, 2018 11:44 AM MDT
The following comes from a recent Ensign article which tells the story of three modern-day pioneers who converted to the LDS faith. About their journeys, these converts shared:
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July 19, 2018 08:15 AM MDT
For those parents who struggle with getting their kids to unplug long enough to learn from the amazing heritage we have as Church members, here are a couple of ideas to help spark your children’s interest in the pioneers:
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