Still looking for a name to walk for on Trek? Want to find out more about your ancestors or other pioneers who made the journey west?
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“The Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database documents almost 60,000 pioneers who immigrated to the Salt Lake Valley by wagon or handcart between 1847 and 1868.
Discover your ancestors’ challenges and adventures through company records and personal journals and reminiscences at mormontrail.lds.org.” -LDS.org
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Check out points of interest with this interactive map on LDS.org
"The pioneer exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, began February 4, 1846....
Each pioneer who walked from the Mississippi River to the Great Salt Lake took millions of steps to travel that distance. In total, billions of footsteps of faith were taken by our pioneers."
M. Russell Ballard
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Hitch up your wagons and hit the trail, it's time to head to Zion with this fun game!
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If you guessed Odometer, you're right!
In 1847, William Clayton was tasked with collecting information of the first company of LDS pioneers as they journeyed west. This would help the next groups of pioneers as they traveled. His first attempts of estimating the mileage were ineffective and often differed up to 4 miles compared with other members.
"On 8 May 1847, near the site of present-day North Platte, Nebraska, Brother Clayton tied a marker on the spoke of his measured wheel (some sources say it was a piece of red flannel) and walked beside it all day long, tallying each rotation. He tells us frankly that the method was “somewhat tedious.” At the end of the day he had tallied 4,070 rotations." - Gospel Doctrine Manuel (My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth)
William Clayton recorded in his journal: I walked this afternoon in company with Orson Pratt and suggested to him the idea of fixing a set of wooden cog wheels to the hub of a wagon wheel in such order as to tell the exact number of miles we travel each day. He seemed to agree with me that it could be easily done at a trifling expense.
Designed by Orson Pratt and developed by Orson Pratt, William Clayton, and Appleton Harmon, this wooden odometer was a game changer for the trek west. It was first used on May 16, 1847 and was attached to the wagon of Heber C Kimball.
For more on this story, check out this article from LDS.org and this one!
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When you hear the word 'pioneer' you might think of the early saints who journeyed across the plains to settle the Salt Lake Valley.
However, 'pioneer' refers to those who lead the way. That means you can be a pioneer as you stand for your beliefs, lead by example and most importantly follow the Savior.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks has said, “The days of the pioneers are not past. … In every nation, in every worthy occupation and activity, members of this church face hardships, overcome obstacles, and follow the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ as valiantly as the pioneers of any age.” (Read, watch, or listen to Elder Oaks’s full address.)
How are you a modern pioneer?
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