Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday News + Happy Pioneer Day!

Happy 24th everyone!

Pioneer Day is an official holiday that commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. These pioneers had traveled across the plains from various locations in the eastern United States, some of them being forced from the towns they were living in. Some of the pioneers had come from Europe, arriving on the east coast only to pack up a handcart and travel to Utah. The journey was not easy, and many many people died along the way. Some of the handcart companies experienced terrible weather and hardships, and families sacrificed everything to make the journey to Salt Lake.

I would have made a terrible pioneer woman and I'm sure I would have perished - probably the first week. I am amazed at all they sacrificed for us! Last night we went to our 24th of July celebration here at our church. It was just lovely! We had hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, side dishes and watermelon for desert. We all thought about how the pioneers had nothing this good to eat after their 15 hr day of walking. We are all very thankful!!!

Well I've got lots to write about. We've had Christy, Brigitte and Spencer here this past week. Christy had girls camp at Camp Glenwood and she came here to sleep at night while I watched the kids during the day. Their Young Women's group came and ate dinner one night at our house. I hardly got any pictures of the kids. Poor Spencer was really sick and had a raging high fever and just wanted to be held. She took him to the Dr. on Friday and he has some viral thing - something like hand, foot, and mouth disease. His throat is just raw with sores. Poor little thing. We felt so bad for him.

Today I taught a lessons in both Young Womens and Primary. It was fun! I made cookies for both classes and barely had enough because we had so many visitors today!

Dan had an meeting with a member of our stake presidency at 8:00 this morning for an interview to become a High Priest so that is our most exciting news! More to be announced.

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