The Mormons were unique among the many pioneers that settled the Western United States. They did not journey seeking gold or wealth; they were seeking religious freedom.
Latter-day Saints enjoy a rich history. It began in this dispensation in the Green Mountains of New England, gained a foothold in New York and Pennsylvania, traversed across the heartland of America, found refuge and flourished in the Rocky Mountains and made it's way to the four corners of the earth.
LDS Church History didn't end in Nauvoo. It continued to Winter Quarters and to downtown Salt Lake. Missionaries brought it to the world, and there continues to be an ongoing history being played out among Mormons everywhere Mormons are.
As we look back during this Pioneer Day celebration, it is important to look ahead to those who will look back at us.
Are we living today in a way that our children's children can learn and benefit from our efforts?
Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth President of the Church, related the following in 1997: This great pioneering movement of more than a century ago goes forward with latter-day pioneers. Today pioneer blood flows in our veins just as it did with those who walked west. Its the essence of our courage to face modern-day mountains and our commitment to carry on. The faith of those early pioneers burns still, and nations are being blessed by latter-day pioneers who possess a clear vision of this work of the Lord.