Caldwell Idaho Stake
Pioneer Trek 2014
July 28th - August 1st, 2014
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect
brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward,
feasting upon the word of Christ, and edure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye
shall have eternal life.”
-2 Nephi 31:20
Trek 2014 is going to be a defining moment in our lives! Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, “Defining
moments are preceded by preparatory moments.” It is going to take preparation and a great
attitude in order for it to make a mark on our hearts and strengthen our testimonies. We have
wonderful youth in our stake and I know we will all pull together to make this a memorable
Testimonies will be strengthened! We will be humbled and draw closer to our Savior. Pres.
Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The Mormon Pioneer Trail is ‘a trail of tragedy, a trail of faith, a trail
of devotion, a trail of consecration, even the consecration of life itself.’ May…generations yet
to come, who, like we, bow their heads in reverent remembrances of our forebears who paid so
costly a price for the faith which they carried in their hearts.” As we learn and pay respect to
those who have gone before, we will be strengthened and be better equipped to “Work Miracles”
through the trials we will face during our journey of life.
We trek to gain understanding and appreciation for our pioneer forefathers. We trek to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ.
We trek to learn that we can and will do hard things in our lives. We trek to have fun! We pray that you will trek too.
Activities before and during trek will highlight the gospel principles courage, perseverance, and sacrifice the pioneers exhibited in their lives.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks counseled:
“It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve
all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and
we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity and those millions of our Heavenly Father's children who have
yet to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all pioneers in doing so.”
We encourage you to study church history and your own family history and become familiar with the stories of the pioneers. Use family night, mutual activities,
and Sunday lessons to prepare. As you study you will come to understand how courage, perseverance, and sacrifice are eternal principles that will bring you closer
to our Heavenly Father and to his son Jesus Christ.
We hope that you will prepare, commit, and dedicate yourself to participate in this activity. May the Lord bless you for choosing to "Work Miracles"
in all that you do.
Pioneer Trek Coordinators