Brigham Young, the second president of the church, lead the saints across untamed country to finally settle peacefully into the Salt Lake Valley. It was not an easy journey for anyone involved, but the added responsibility of his stewardship for these saints weighed heavily on President Young.
Still, no matter how difficult the path and how harrowing the journey, he refused to give up.
"We have been kicked out of the frying-pan into the fire, out of the fire into the middle of the floor, and here we are and here we will stay. God has shown me that this is the spot to locate His people, and here is where they will prosper. . . . I have the grit in me and will do my duty anyhow," President Young said.
We will have the chance to walk these historic pioneer paths in June. Our feet will tread on the same dirt, the same stones that our pioneer ancestors crossed so long ago.
One of the sites we will have the opportunity to visit on our trek is Brigham's Arrow. At the top of Bigelow Bench there is an arrow made of stones pointing the way the saints should travel. It is strongly believed that Brigham Young had the leading company create this arrow to help the coming pioneers follow the right path.
Just as this prophet guided his people toward their promised land so our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, guides us on our way home to our Father in Heaven. If we follow his counsel, we will be blessed and will find our way. We have the perfect opportunity this coming weekend, March 31 and April 1, to hear words from prophets and apostles during general conference and adjust our course so we journey in the right direction.
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