The local ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently took part in a pioneer-unity trek, braving temperatures that never reached 15 degrees to complete their task.
Leading up to the trek were several service-oriented activities. One Saturday, the men's Priesthood groups - Aaronic for those ages 12 to 18 and Melchizedek for those ages 19 and up - made scarves for the entire congregation. Primary children between the ages of 3 and 12 learned songs of faith, courage and endurance to sing while they walked in the trek. The Young Women's group, for girls between the ages of 12 and 18, made a flag representing unity, faith, compassion, service and love, which was carried on the trek. The Relief Society women's group began making a book of each family in the ward as well as putting together a memoir book of personal experiences of those who participated.
Two drivers accompanied the 24 trekkers to aide in safety, to take them for bathroom breaks and to carry extra supplies of water, hot cocoa and heat for the breaks. To add to the nine-mile trek's challenge was a 500-pound sled the participants pulled up the long, non-maintained Sherman Hill.
The local ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently took part in a pioneer-unity trek, braving temperatures that ever reached 15 degrees to complete their task.
The trek began in Wrightsville, Pa. and ended on Happy Town Road in Bear Lake and a home south of the lake on Route 958. The Relief Society members who weren't able to walk the trek formed a chuck wagon crew and made a hot beef stew, homemade biscuits, pies and cobblers, and hot cocoa or hot cider for the trekkers to eat after the trek. Twenty-four made the trek.
After warming up and eating dinner, a fireside program was held with speakers sharing feelings about the adventure and ending with John Ashley's remarks. Ashley is president of the Jamestown Stake, an area that encompasses nine wards and branches locally. Forty-three members attended.