Pioneer Heritage Stories

Tuesday, July 24th is Pioneer Day.  It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.  This day celebrates the bravery of the original settlers and their strength of character and physical endurance.

But not only is it a day to remember those Mormon pioneers involved in the trek west.  It is also a reminder of the pioneers in our families - those who converted to the gospel and brought their families and descendents to a greater faith in God. 

The National Society of The Sons of Utah Pioneers, an organization with the purpose to preserve the memory and heritage of the early pioneers, to honor present-day pioneers worldwide, and teach these values to youth, states:
The term “Pioneer values” has often been used to describe the early Mormon Pioneers, but the need for Pioneer virtues exists in our present day ever so much as in the past. Today’s world calls for the same faith and purpose, the same courage and determination, the same sacred values that were required of the early pioneers. In every land today there are this kind of pioneers. America needs this kind of pioneers in our own free land — today, tomorrow and always!
Who in your family is a pioneer?  An ancestor who traveled west to reach Zion, a family member's conversion story, or someone who shows "pioneer values".  Share your stories during the week in remembrance of Pioneer Day.

Email your story to familypearls (at) gmail (dot) com to have it posted here during the week of July 22-28.

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I live in the present yet feel for the past
Seeking connections and roots that outlast
The change of the seasons, the distance of time
Stories and people who I can call mine

Someone who's part of me -- Who will that someone be?

For the hearts of the children are turning
Turning to fathers they've never seen
And the hearts of the fathers are burning
With the promise of what will be

Play the song "The Hearts of the Fathers are Turning" by Steven Kapp Perry