News: 700+ New Trek Photo’s posted online

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News: Trek Photo’s have been added

Hello! Trek photo’s have been posted to the site. Access is password protected. Please talk with a member of your Ward/Branch YM/YW presidencies to receive the password. Additionally you can email to request access. Please include your name and what Ward/Branch you are with


Quotes: M. Russell Ballard

“We cannot begin to understand the journeys made by those who laid the foundation of this dispensation until we understand their spiritual underpinnings. Once we make that connection, however, we will begin to see how their journeys parallel our own. There are lessons for us in every footstep they took—lessons of love, courage, commitment, devotion, endurance, and, most of all, faith.

We are the inheritors of a tremendous heritage. Now it is our privilege and responsibility to be part of the Restoration’s continuing drama, and there are great and heroic stories of faith to be written in our day. It will require every bit of our strength, wisdom, and energy to overcome the obstacles that will confront us. But even that will not be enough. We will learn, as did our pioneer ancestors, that it is only in faith—real faith, whole-souled, tested and tried—that we will find safety and confidence as we walk our own perilous pathways through life.

We are all bound together—19th- and 20th-century pioneers and more—in our great journey to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and to allow His atoning sacrifice to work its miracle in our lives. While we all can appreciate the footsteps of faith walked by Joseph Smith and his followers from Palmyra to Carthage Jail and across the Great Plains, we should ever stand in reverential awe as we contemplate the path trod by the Master. His faithful footsteps to Gethsemane and to Calvary rescued all of us and opened the way for us to return to our heavenly home.”

M. Russell Ballard, April 1997 General Conference

Story : Mary Goble Pay


Mary Goble Pay—Hunt Wagon Company

Mary Goble Pay is the grandmother of Marjorie Hinckley (wife of President Hinckley)

“When I was in my twelfth year, my parents joined the Latter-day Saints. On November 5th I was baptized. The following May we started for Utah. We left our home May 1856. We came to London the first day, the next day came to Liverpool and [then] West on board the ship, Horizon. It was a sailing vessel and there were nearly 900 souls on board. We sailed on the 25th. I well remember how we watched old England fade from sight. We sang “Farewell Our Native Land, Farewell.”

“When we were a few days out, a large shark followed the big vessel. One of the saints died and he was buried at sea. We never saw the shark any more. After we got over our seasickness, we had a nice time. Would play games, and sing songs of Zion. We held meetings and the time passed happily.

“When we were sailing through the banks of Newfoundland, we were in a dense fog for several days. The sailors were kept busy night and day ringing bells and blowing fog horns. One day I was on deck with my father, when I saw a mountain of ice in the sea close to the ship. I said, “Look, Father, look.” He went pale as a ghost and said, “Oh, my girl.” At that moment the fog parted, the sun shone bright till the ship was out of danger, then the fog closed on us again. We were on the sea six weeks.

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Story : John Jaques


John Jaques—Martin Handcart Company

Friday, October 17, 1856 • “Traveled about 5 miles and camped on Deer Creek. Washing done. Luggage reduced. Owing to the growing weakness of emigrants and teams, the baggage including bedding and cooking utensils, was reduced to 10 pounds per head, children under 8 years, 5 pounds. Good blankets and other bedding and clothing were burned as they could not be carried further, though needed more badly than ever, for there was yet 400 miles of winter to go.”

Sunday, October 19, 1856  • “The company crossed the Platte River for the last time. That was a bitter cold day. Winter came on all at once. The river was wide, the current strong, the water exceedingly cold and up to the wagon beds in the deepest parts, and the bed of the river was covered with cobble stones. Some of the men carried some of the women over on their backs or in their arms, but others of the women tied up their skirts and waded through, like heroines as they were, and as they had done through many other rivers and creeks. The company was barely over when snow, hail and sleet began to fall, accompanied by piercing north wind.

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