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|Approximately 100 youth and 50 adults participated. During our three day Trek we learned first-hand of the many personal sacrifices made by so many of the Mormon Pioneers who emmigrated to Salt Lake City during the 1850's using handcarts.|
|Reenactments took place, including this very touching burial for an infant.|
The youth were placed in 'families' for the three day
Trek each with a 'Ma and Pa.' Each family
wore different colored bandanas.
|Rachael Haskins portrayed Maria Jackson|
Normington who often lifted the spirits of the saints
with her beautiful singing voice. Many of us
were moved to tears by Rachael's sensitive
and moving representation of Maria.
|The Tilby's secured this amazing 'potable water' truck for our use.|
It was donated by a man, not of our faith, who had heard of these
Treks from an employee of his who is preparing to serve a mission.
President Mangrum spoke at our sunset fireside.
|The Martinez Family|
|The Haskins Family|
Each Ma and Pa were instructed to make and bring
their own family flag.They were given their
company banner at the start of the trail.
The flags were just awesome...personal and
fun. The banners absolutely perfect.
They added such a great element to Trek.
Thanks to them and Ron Stone!
|McDade's Family Flag|
|Fun on the trail!|
Brother Haskins portrayed Ephraim Hanks
at our "SweetWater 6th Crossing" stop.
|Ranger Frank helped us in securing our locations|
in the El Dorado National Forrest.
To help develop reverence for womanhood and their innate
personal strength, the 'women's pull' is just that. Pulling together,
the Young Women pull their handcarts up a hill without any help
from the Young Men.
Ty reading his letter from Grandpa Rowan.
Back on the trail...
Nancy Stout and Nathan Johnson
They stayed at the front of the trail...part of the medical
and communications committee. And, so much more!
Julia and Madison Hixson and Deirdre O'Rourke
provided FUN activities for us at the perfect time!
Madison helped the girls make the cutest little rag babies.
Deirdre showed us how to make "Trek12" bracelets,
and Julia showed the kids how to make Pioneer Yo Yo's.
ALL were a big hit.
Bryan Hixson took care of the physical activities!
Kris put up a map in camp showing the actual route the
Pioneer's traveled. At each of our stops he told the youth the number
of miles they had figuratively just walked. (The pioneers walked
The Seversons. We all look forward to receiving their
photographs of Trek. Chuck Denny took hours and hours
of video, too.
Ty and Weston Freitas. They were assigned
to Trek in the same family. They did not know each
other prior to Trek, but they hit it off just great.
(I see a pioneer yo yo in Weston's hand!)
Brent Stout...wonderful sign maker, deliverer of burlap bags
to sign posts, communications expert, and a whole
(And, everyone loved 'Dug the Dog!')
Time for a good' old hoedown!
Special musical number by a few Young Men
to open our 6:00 A. M. sunrise testimony meeting.
Brother McDade protrays John Chislett
Turlock 2nd ward trekkers
(minus Johnny Davis who left the evening before)
Brad Falke delivered our final Pioneer story and message...that
of Reddick Allred whose obedience and faithfulness
played a significant role in the rescue of many
stranded, starving, and dying pioneers.
The Woodruff's gave Kris this wooden sign they made
at the end of Trek. He is putting it above his
office door here at home.
|Our band welcomes everyone to Zion!|
Ty welcomed them with his bagpipes, too.
|Trek Journals included a few pioneer stories,|
quotes from prophets, and a few
questions for the youth to ponder and write
One of our 'flour' babies
before it received clothes!
Our home was filled with burlap as we
inched closer to 'take-off!'
Cutting black ribbon to be tied
on the arms of youth during a time on trek when
we walked 15 minutes in silence in reverence for
and remembering all those who lost their lives.
Just marking the 'drop-off' buckets so Brent
would know which ones were to be
set up at the various stopping points.
Hymnbooks made by Ron Stone.
Pony Express Letters bundled up and ready to go.
T-shirts everyone received at the end.
Kris and I came home exhausted, dirty,
and satisfied. Just like a lot of other
folks from the Stake. We will always be grateful for the
willing hearts and hands who helped make Trek 2012 possible.