Every member of the Church shares a pioneer heritage even if he or she doesn’t have any Mormon pioneer ancestors.
This month we celebrate the arrival of the first pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They sacrificed and suffered in order to be able to worship.
Church leaders have called on us to carry on their legacy of faith.
“We are all needed to finish the work that was begun by those pioneering Saints,” said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the October 2008 general conference.
“The Lord isn’t asking us to load up a handcart; He’s asking us to fortify our faith. He isn’t asking us to walk across a continent; He’s asking us to walk across the street to visit our neighbor. He isn’t asking us to give all of our worldly possessions to build a temple; He’s asking us to … attend regularly the temples already built. He isn’t asking us to die a martyr’s death; He’s asking us to live a disciple’s life.”
Here are a few ways you can commemorate the sacrifices of the pioneers this month and carry on their legacy:
- Read what President Monson has to say about how “The World Needs Pioneers Today” and how you can be one of them.
- Learn how to share your legacy of faith with others.
- Visit FamilySearch.org to learn more about the pioneers in your family or upload important family stories.
- Begin today to write in your journal regularly so your posterity can learn about your life and your faith in God.
- As a group of youth, volunteer to help clean up a local historical site for a Duty to God or Personal Progress project.
- Memorize a hymn that celebrates the pioneers or the Restoration.
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