One of the many things that I am thankful for is that I never made one of those phony pioneer treks that today's Mormon youth
A friend of mine, who acted as a youth leader on one of these ordeals, claimed that his ward dressed up like the Utah pioneers, went to a local (D.C. area) park or field and slogged around in circles for an entire week. -- Sort of the antithesis of an actual pioneer journey. Although it could be the ultimate paradigm for the Mormon experience.
There are all kinds of ways that people set off for new territory, not all of them hot and sweaty. And there are all kinds of reasons people choose to get out of town, not all of them altruistic. -- Maybe a man's just robbed a bank, or he's committed murder, or he wants to marry 50 women, for example.
But, in general I think pioneers are honest and brave and true. Especially those who lead themselves and others to a better world.
For example, the ExMormon pioneers who celebrated Pioneer Day last night at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco.
|Westward ho! Sans handcarts and stupid costumes.|
Cheers to the real pioneers everywhere. Also to the real world.