25 July 2011

Preparing for the Journey

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pi·o·neer (p-nîr)
2b: one of the first to settle in a territory

From the Merriam Webster online dictionary

A lot of members of the Church have ancestors that crossed the plains in companies, pulling handcarts or riding in wagons. But not all members do.
So, what about the rest of us? If you're like me, and you were the first members in your area when it was open to preach the gospel, then you're a pioneer in your own right.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said the following in his talk We All Share Pioneer Legacy:
"Pioneers of an earlier era provide a heritage of faith, courage, and sacrifice for all of us, according to prophets and apostles who lead the Church today. But they are quick to add that there are many modern pioneers who continue the legacy by spreading the gospel throughout the world. In a Church that has more than 14 million members from various backgrounds and origins, pioneer heritage is both a gift from the past and a unifying force for the future."
Let's share the following video, also part of President Uchtordf's talk:

So tell us your own pioneer story, if you'd like to share it with us.

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