We must be sure that the legacy of faith received from the pioneers who came before us is never lost. Let their heroic lives touch our hearts, and especially the hearts of our youth, so the fire of true testimony and unwavering love for the Lord and His Church will blaze brightly within each one of us as it did in our faithful pioneers.
Elder M. Russell Ballard

Trek Assignment

The theme of this year’s trek is “Remember the Journey.”  That obviously refers to celebrating our faith’s pioneer heritage as we push handcarts in an attempt to channel our inner pioneers.  But just as important is the need to remember the stories and lives of our ancestors. To that end each youth has been asked to do the following assignment:

Think of a family member who has made a significant journey or overcame adversity. Brainstorm what a significant journey might look like. (ideas: come from another country, joined the Church, crossed the plains, got an education, learned an important skill, overcame an obstacle i.e. gender, race, illness, etc.) The Church’s pamphlet “My Family” can help get you started.

Write a few paragraphs about what you have learned about this person. What trials did they face? How did they push forward? How has their journey affected who you are?  What have you learned from them?

In May each ward will have one Sunday’s sacrament meeting focus on trek. Ideally we would love each ward to have some of their youth share these stories.