Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology

Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Salt Lake Temple and Brigham Young Statue.

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Pignanelli & Webb: Summer in Utah is nice — dry heat, few bugs, water recreation and an extra holiday in July. In the spirit of Pioneer Day and reflecting on our heritage, we update an old column and provide a “re-enactment” of Brother Brigham’s entry into the valley using modern technology, including texts, tweets and email messages from political personalities.

by@ldsprophet.com: Just emerged from the mountains. What beauty and what potential. We should all give thanks to Heavenly Father for our deliverance. But I must say that I am exhausted and feel poorly.

by@orrin.hatch@wellpreserved.com: Brother Brigham, I have what you need — vitamins, antioxidants, all sorts of alternative remedies and a new “Promised Land” CD you can buy to celebrate the arrival.

by@ldsprophet.com: Who are these brothers and sisters atop small, strange four-wheel vehicles screaming as they drive through pristine wilderness with guns and flags?

Ken.ivory@downwiththefeds.com: They are divine warriors of light fighting the evil BLM and satanic federal government. They’re ready for Johnston’s Army!

by@ldsprophet.com: Sounds like we need to institute a legal structure in this new territory.

Sean.reyse@itoldyouso.com Yeah, let’s forbid our legal officers from befriending shady characters who own fancy buggies and offer trips to beautiful resorts.

by@ldsprophet.com: Just proclaimed, “This is the place.” Now we must organize ourselves. Praise the Lord!

Utah.county.gop@nevertooright.com: Well, whatever we organize, you better make sure it's a republic and not a democracy.

Gayle.ruzicka@truebeliever.com: And our schools must avoid any hint of the satanic Common Core.

mike.lee@wannabeasupreme.com: I have a wagonload of copies of the Constitution. We didn’t have room for food or clothes, so we might need to borrow some, but I am warmed by the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.

by@ldsprophet.com: We made it to the only tree in the valley. I will relax under the shade, seek refreshment, and await for our brothers and sisters to gather.

dc@utahcoveniencestores.com Need refreshment? We sense a business opportunity with dark carbonated bubbly liquid that is low in calorie but very addictive.

ralph.becker@greenie.com: Remember our brothers and sisters on bicycles are the chosen blessed who can travel anywhere without the rules required of wagons. Those who park wagons in my city can expect a hefty fee.

wayneniederhouser@extremelyfit.com: Bicyclists are the true soldiers and handmaidens of the Lord.

Jason.chaffetz@mediahound.com: Where are the reporters in this wilderness territory? I have wisdom to impart.

Utah.county.gop@nevertooright.com: We will establish a colony of the true faithful in Utah Valley and declare ourselves independent, in thought and culture, from you Salt Lake City infidels.

snooty@whycantutahbelikecalifornia.com: The really smart and savvy will go to Park City, where we will one day view independent cinema and slide down snowhills on skinny boards.

Brad.dee@iloveweber.com: I am heading north and I demand we receive the same treatment of government largesse as those in the valley.

Spencer.cox@reallylucky.com: Brother Ralph Okerlund and I will establish colonies in rural areas … where we will raise our families in bucolic paradise.

Greg.hughes@UTAchair.com: We are a frugal people who respect the land and air quality and we should travel efficiently in group wagons at everyone else’s expense.

by@ldsprophet.com: I have arrived at a gentle part of the valley and have designated the spot for corner of Temple streets.

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