On July 24, 1847 the first group of Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley free of religious persecution. July 24 has since been known as Pioneer day in Utah and the Latter Day Saint culture. This Holiday is only second to the 4th of July in terms of celebrations in Utah. Throughout the LDS church today, stakes, wards, and branches (different congregations) are all doing activities today to celebrate the pioneers. Our Stake is having a Latin Pioneer activity. We are learning about the Saints that have come from Latin America to our city and how it has blessed the area here.
Pioneers are not just people who pushed handcarts across the Country. Pioneers are anyone who were the first to do something. They paved the way for us to do things. So, if you are not LDS I encourage you to take the time today to celebrate the pioneers in your life.
The video above was created by a childhood friend Emily Pond Ricks. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.