I descend from a Martin Handcart Company survivor through my mother. In
November 2002 when I spoke at my mother's funeral after she succumbed to
multiple types of cancer, I likened her heroic--very heroic--battle against
cancer to her great-grandmother's Martin's Cove experience. My
mother's battle was her Martin's Cove. That ground is very sacred to
me and to many other people. We have been there as a family two times, and my
youngest daughter and I participated in the Trek with our stake several years
ago.The Trek is re-enacted in many other places, not just at
Martin's Cove. It's a valuable way to connect with our pioneer roots
and legacy. And that applies to fifth-generation members of the Church as well
as first-generation members of the Church.
I love treks! Me and my husband had the honor of serving as a "Ma" and
"Pa" years ago and it was amazing! My oldest son just finished his trek.
It was great to hear him talk about many great experiences! These opportunities
change individual's lives for the better and strengthen testimonies!
I'm so grateful for all those who made it possible. A lot of work is
involved! I loved the fireside that we were able to attend this last weekend
that highlighted some of their experiences. Our stake president said it the best
saying, "it was a privilege just to be able to share in their
Our stake does a trek every 5 years. An incredible amount of planning goes into
every aspect to protect the participants. There are leaders regularly checking
on each family. Those that begin to develop health issues are picked up and are
attended to by professional medical staff. There are regular stops for
hydration. Everyone receives a well balanced diet. Ma & Pa's receive
training on health issues including heat stroke, dehydration and blisters.
It's top notch.
And here I thought that trek activities were banned a couple of years ago
because of all the safety issues relatred to how they are administered at the
local level. While the Church has sound activity safety rules, many derived from
the safety policies of the Boy Scouts, they all seem to go out the window when
the trek comes along. Walking on dangerous trails at night without proper safety
gear and precautions, inadequate nutrition, and adult 'leaders' with
no clue about outdoor leadership and safety. All contribute to a far more
dangerous activity than is needful to accomplish the learning objectives.
Just the kind of article I needed to read. I will be experiencing it first hand
in less than two days, as my wife and I will be playing the role of "ma and
pa" on our stake trek. Just preparing for it has been an eye-opener. But
am looking forward to the experience and being able to share with the kids what
our pioneer ancestors went through and learned.
Dear Eliot,The pioneers did not "make it up." This is not
fiction, but re-enactment. As a historian, I find that I understand better what
caused people to do what amazing things they did, when I stand on the ground
where they did it, and walk the trails they walked. It has helped me better
face my own unavoidable trials with courage and equanimity. I heartily recommend
Last summer my 16 year old son left for trek. A few days later a tired and very
polite and grateful young man returned to my home. It was a great experience.
Don't worry, the xbox playing and iphone texting 16 year old
eventually returned, but he had learned some important lessons pulling a
And I thought you were going to talk about the 7 on 7 Football tournament at the
Y on Saturday. And you thought no one recognized you.
Anytime I hear someone mention trek I find out the date and plan the family
vacation for somewhere else. There are plenty of hard things young people can
do that are useful without having to make one up.
Stay off the roads!