Sunday, August 9, 2009

Trekie wanna-be

My Grandma's Stake is so awesome. While we were in Sacramento they went on their second Stake Pioneer Trek. They had their first back in 2005. These treks are nothing little. They are for anyone in the Stake, ages 12-100, and they are 4 days and 27 miles long. With handcarts and some horses, everyone in authentic Pioneer dress and everyone is split up into families, actual families that came across the plains. Along the way they get to hear talks from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, the women are split up from the men and have to push the handcarts without them when the Mormon Battalion takes the solders away. They all circle the wagons at night and sing Pioneer songs and tell stories. Along the way they are helped by "angels" and even have to bury a pretend infant that didn't make the trip. It is such a wonderful thing they get to experience, especially the youth. They filmed the first one and made it into a DVD for all who went, but I got my Grandma to snag me one so I can show it to someone in our Stake at home.
Anyway, the Primary kids don't get to actually go on the Trek so a few days before they all get to participate in the preparation fun...and my kids were lucky to be able to attend.
They all sat and listened to some Pioneer stories.

Then the youth came and took a specific group of kids that were in their families. We went outside and the boys made pinwheels while the girls made these cute pioneer dolls.

They played a pioneer balance game and learned a fun dance.
I was so excited for my kids to get to be a part of such a learning experience about their
ancestors. We can't thank you enough GiGi, sign us up for the next trek!!


GiGi said...

Jaime: Terrific vacation pics on your blog. Also terrific sacrament meeting yesterday when several teenagers and adults gave their testimonies about a special event they experienced on the trek. I'll get you a DVD of it when it is available. Miss you!

Mamaappah said...

That looks amazing. We should definitly do that again up here. I would go for sure.