10 inspiring quotes that link Mormon pioneers to modern saints


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  • MLeigh67 Stamford, CT
    May 14, 2017 6:58 p.m.

    Was amazed to find that part of my family (all of which were originally fro the UK/Wales were among the pioneers that ventured out west... to Allen Leigh... we are related-!!!!!! Samuel Leigh was my 3x(?) or 2x great grandfather!!!!!!!

    Melissa Leigh

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    July 23, 2016 8:58 p.m.

    In the 1970s I was asked to join the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. I said I couldn't qualify, and the woman inviting me said I should check and be sure. Sure enough, the ancestors I thought went directly to Colorado to settle little Mormon towns (Sanford, Manassa) had been to Utah first, well before 1869. So I joined up with a DUP camp, and was the youngest attendee most of the time. It was a great beginning for learning much more about my Mormon pioneer ancestry. I had long been researching other ancestors, and learning about the ones I'd taken for granted was immensely fulfilling. Eventually I learned of a second cousin who lived near a daughter in NE MO She and I toured places our common ancestors lived in MO. That was a highlight of that decade in my life. I am so grateful for all my pioneering ancestors and the determination to endure that they showed in their daily lives.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    July 24, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    @Henry Drummond:
    People of conscience are well remembered as friends in our Church history, as you are well recognized and "liked" for your always thoughtful comments.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    July 24, 2013 6:53 p.m.

    As i have taken this quiz, and looked at the quotes, amid the tears in my eyes, my heart is so grateful for the Pioneers. Many of them my ancestors who are an example to me to Live the Gospel. Sometimes times are tough, but the Lord is always there to help us. I am so grateful for the example they set to follow the Prophet, and prayerfully I can teach my posterity the same principles that we may be together forever as a family.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 24, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    I hope my friends in the LDS Church will also recognize the efforts of the many people of conscious who stepped forward to help their ancestors. Judge John Kane, and his son Thomas L. Kane, earned considerable scorn and anger from their friends when they used their influence to get James K. Polk to agree to a plan for a "Mormon Battalion." LDS Historian B. H. Roberts acknowledges that the more than 250,000 men had already volunteered for the 50,000 positions in the Mexican-American War. The government did not need the help of the Mormons nor did they ever draft them. Brigham Young asked for those non-combat positions to help pay for the trek West. In addition many prominent people in the Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and other cities raised money and clothing for the Mormons. I think it is unfortunate that the work these people of conscious did to help a much despised and misunderstood people is often overlooked.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    July 24, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    I'm grateful to my pioneer ancestors for all they did to make our family's life what it is today and I'm equally grateful for the pioneers I've met in many nations who are going against the tide of immorality, dishonesty and selfishness and laying the foundation for a better life of peace, spirituality, education and family living in their countries today. Pioneers are all around us...

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    July 24, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    I'm grateful for the sacrifices my great grandfather, Francis Webster, made in coming to Utah with the Martin Handcart Company. I'm grateful for the courage and conviction my great grandfather, Samuel Leigh, showed when he, came to Utah in the mid 1850s. His son, my grandfather, joined his siblings to pull his father from a burning house while they lived in Iowa. My grandfather was 5 years old. The oldest sibling was 7 years old. I'm showing my appreciation and love to my ancestors by being active in the Church today, following our living prophets, and doing what I can to teach my children to walk in the steps of their ancestors. They followed their convictions. Now, it's up to us.

  • Florien Wineriter Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 24, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    I have a deep sense of gratefulness that my ansestors ploayed a role in establishing this great Utah ivilization. I have tried my best to add something of value to foundation they laid. Thanks in particular to the families of James H Wickens and Samuel Barber for the role they played making my life possiblee in this choice part of the earth.