Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wyoming here we come...

Tomorrow is the day!

A couple of reminders just so you don't forget.

*Tonight (Wednesday, the 27th) is the equipment weigh in at the stake center at 5:30 pm.  Bring your fully packed bucket as well as your sleeping stuff to check in.

*Tomorrow (Thursday, the 28th) meet bright and early, dressed in your pioneer clothes at the stake center at 5:00 am.  Be sure to eat a good breakfast before you come and bring your sack lunch with you.  The only meal provided this day will be dinner so bring your lunch or you'll be hungry.

*Parents and leaders, if you need to contact someone who is on trek for any reason you can call President Nielson.  He will be able to get in contact with trekkers and relay any essential information.
(President Nielson's # is 801-455-7616)

We look forward to trekking with you!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

It's time to trek!!!

In  few short days...


In a few short days we'll be...


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Children coming to the promised land

Children, youth and adults alike shared the painful and treasured moments that littered the pathway to Zion. 

Here's a tragically beautiful true story from pioneer times about a young girl crossing the plains.

In less than 10 days we will be walking these trails

Are you ready to get your trek on?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Extra! Extra! Get your 2012 trek documents here!

As we round the final bend on our way toward youth conference you might realize there is a thing or two you haven't quite got lined up for trek yet.  We thought we would put together an all access list of important documents so you can easily find what you need before the big day.

If you still feel like you are missing information that you need, feel free to email us (click the staff tab above for email addresses) and we will try to help you find it. 

Happy trekking!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Great deal on last minute trek stuff

Here's some great last minute advice on where to find great deals on trek stuff from another trek goer.

"I thought I would share the love for those of you who have procrastinated getting your own stuff together as much as me.

There is a generic gold bond at Dollar tree in Magna.   I have not tried it myself (; but the ingredients are the same and it smells just as geriatric (no offense).

There are really heavy duty pie tins there also that would work great for mess kits as well as two packs of silverware (we had to help a few of our youth get these kinds of things so I have shopped around a little).

Flashlights for a buck w/crap batteries but you can swap those out.  Also, lighters w/the long handle.
At Walmart in the Laundry aisle (hangers clothes pins etc aisle, not detergent) there are lingerie bags that work great for these mess kits and they are 97 cents each.

If you have not picked up or borrowed roasting sticks they have them at Winco for $1.8-something, right as you walk in the front doors.  Just past the chips but before the on sale refrigerator/freezer section.  The box is on the floor.  There are 4 in a pack and they are wood so you don't have to worry about losing them or returning them.

Harmons had the idea of using zip ties to put on your belongings and then attaching the duct tape to the zip tie so you don't leave that sticky disaster that the tape leaves all over your or others equipment.    I bought some of those ball and chain key ring things that have your personal information written down back in the tire/oil change section at Walmart for 97c for 2  for my tents so the zip ties don't puncture the fabric.

Girls button down long sleeve shirts are $5 at Suzies Deals in Magna as well as scrub bottoms for $8 to make into bloomers.  The DI is not any cheaper for the shirts.  Just FYI.

Anyway, just a few ideas for anyone who is looking for any of this and not knowing where to start."

(Thanks April Hendrickson for the great ideas.)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Holy Cow

Children on the trail to Zion loved their animals, just like we do.  These youngsters of yesteryear walked side by side with horses, oxen, cows, dogs not to mention the wild animals they constantly came in contact with.

One young girl, 13-year-old Margaret McNeil was particularly fond of her milk cow.  She wrote:

"Our cow was  Jersey and had a long tail.  When it was necessary to cross a river, I would wind the end of the cow's tail around my hand and swim across with her...Had it not been for her milk we would have starved...Every morning I would rise early and get breakfast for the family and milk my cow so that I could hurry and drive her on ahead of the company.  Then I would let her eat in all the grassy places until the company had passed on ahead, when i would hurry and catch up with them...It was important to see that she was well fed."

Not only did thousands of saint make the rugged journey to the Salt Lake Valley, thousands of their faithful animals plodded the paths as well.  Together, they made a wonderful team. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Summer's here and trek is in sight!

Happy Summering to all the youth!

We are just a few weeks from trek and it is time for another stake get together.

This Sunday, June 10th at 6:00 pm at the stake center (Sunday dress please) we will be meeting to get our final preparations and information in order so that everyone is ready to get their trek on!

Anyone linked to trek in any way is encouraged to attend.  This includes youth, parents, YW/YM leaders, bishoprics, trek committee members, ma's and pa's and anyone else who has an interest in this youth conference. 

We hope this "demo" activity will kick your trek excitement into high gear and get everyone fully charged for the pioneer adventure in less than three weeks.

Please be there if you can.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Now It's Getting Personal

I think everyone who has ever been on a trek has a story to share.  In fact, they probably have many stories, some of them funny, some of them difficult, some of them inspiring.

Here is a piece of my trek story.

Four years ago I was serving in the young women when the stake held a meeting for leaders to announce that we would be doing a trek for youth conference.  I attended the meeting and listened intently, taking notes to pass on to other leaders and my girls.  I wanted to be sure I had everything I needed to encourage my girls to take part in this activity.  I knew it could change their lives.

Then those leading the meeting asked for volunteers to attend trek as ma's and pa's or in other capacities.  I sort of froze. 

You see, when I was 16 I participated in a pioneer trek.  This was way back when treks were new so no one really had much experience with them.  This was also one of those go without eating much treks.  We were given a can of beef broth for breakfast that day and then we had to drink water out of that can for the rest of the day (beef broth tainted water does NOT taste very refreshing in case you were wondering).  For lunch we had an apple and a piece of beef jerky.  I don't regret going on this trek; I learned a lot and my testimony definitely grew.  However, it was not an experience I was anxious to repeat (especially now that I am getting old and tired and lazy). 

The stake leaders passed around a sign up sheet and when it got to me I held it for a moment and then quietly passed it along. I didn't put my name down.

When I got home that night I got down on my knees for a chat with my Father in Heaven.  I told Him that I didn't want to go.  I told Him that trek is not my favorite thing in the world and that I would work hard to get my girls excited for it, but that I would rather not be there myself.  However, then I told Him that I trusted Him and if He wanted me to go, I would go.

Well, He obviously has a sense of humor because a few days later my husband and I got a call from the stake and we were asked to be a Ma and Pa for the trek.  My husband was THRILLED!  He could hardly wait.  Me, not so much.  But we both said yes and we started planning and preparing for youth conference.  And I started praying...some more.  I prayed that I would have a change of heart and that we would be able to help the kids in our assigned family feel the spirit and have a good experience (and maybe some fun too).

Fast forward two months into the summer and find us planted in nowheresville Wyoming with a family that wasn't really our family, but that really felt like it was for a few days.  There you will see us struggling and working as we push and pull and drag and force our handcart over rocks and rivers and through sand and mud.  There you will see me and my little group of daughters straining to maneuver our handcart up the steepest part of the trail for the "women's pull."  There you will see my husband giving blessings to our newly acquired teenage children and see me sneaking off behind the tent to chat with someone who is sad or homesick.  There you will witness our sons glued to the pulling bar as they joke and tell stories with their "father."  You will see tears in our eyes as we quietly walk through Martin's Cove and feel its tender spirit while we reverently talk about what happened there.  You will see water fights and fabulous food (no starving on this trek) and lack of fashion and oh so much Gold Bond (Don't forget your Gold Bond!!).  You will find us reading scriptures and sharing testimonies and laughing and playing pranks and feeling the sweet, deep spirit of the pioneers that settles over the trails they traveled and the places they passed.

(Our Trek Family 2008)

I will ever be grateful to a Heavenly Father who didn't give me what I wanted, but instead gave me what was best for me. 

And because of this experience I can tell you, very personally, that trek will change your life.  Trek will humble you and strengthen you and push you to your limits.  But more importantly, trek will bring you closer to your Father in Heaven and will lead you toward His vision of what your life can be.

Whether you are thrilled to walk these pioneer paths or you are apprehensive and maybe a little bit scared to plunge into this adventure I am telling you to go.  But don't do it for me (like you even know me), do it for you and for your relationship with Heavenly Father.  Pray for strength, pray for peace, but go...and expect your life to be changed for the better.