"And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers."
Doctrine and Covenants 2:2
As I have gathered new and reread old information about our pioneering ancestors, I have come to realize that often there is no begining to or end of their days as pioneers. Many of them began the journey as infants and only finished the trek in their old age. They moved, when called by the Prophet of God, from one new area to the next. Many of them left homes in europe, traveled first to Nauvoo or latter to Iowa and Nebraska. They crossed the plains by whatever means was available, through whatever dangers, weather, illness or joy awaited them along the trail.
The earliest to arrive helped build Salt Lake City before being called to move to a new "mission." Later ones rested a few days in the city then moved on to their new homes in places like American Fork, Tooele, and Wellsville. From there, they were called to the Iron Mission, or to the Cotton Mission, or to the Muddy Mission. Often before these places were even fully established, our Grandparents were called to move on to places like Pinto, Upper Kanab, Kanab, Orderville and Panguitch. Even these new communities served as base camps to launch missions to the Little Colorado, to New Mexico, and Mexico.
So, as these short stories are told, it is important to understand that crossing the Great Plains of the United States was only a small moment in the lives of these incredible people who were willing to sacrifice everything over and over again to be obedient to the call of God. It is because of them that we, today, enjoy the comforts of life and the blessings of the gospel. I hope your hearts will be turned to your fathers and mothers as mine has been.