Monday, July 21, 2008

We are all Pioneers

Pioneer Day is coming up this week and is lucky enough to be a very small part of the festivities taking place in Salt Lake City. As a convert to the LDS Church, I'm often reminded of how amazing the LDS Church is every time I visit Salt Lake City. If you've never made the trip to SLC, I recommend taking the time to visit either during General Conference or during the Pioneer Day celebrations. Now in all honesty I've never been to the Pioneer Day events, but our Membership Coordinator, Jan Dover, tells me that it is one of the great events taking place in Utah and she wishes she could be there. I truly respect her opinion, so I feel very fortunate to be going to the Days of '47 celebrations.

Our Art Director, Steve Reed, recently created the brochures for the Mormon Handcart Pageant taking place July 23-26. In the brochure, he made a statement that really resonated with me. He said, "We are all pioneers..." It really got me thinking about the work that each of us is doing each time we choose to record our lives or spiritual moments in our personal journals. And for me, being a convert to the LDS Church, the moments I record and the pictures I can paint with my words will serve as a starting point in the LDS Church for my posterity.

So, as I go to the Days of '47 celebration, I know I will be mindful of my place in my family's history. I can only hope that many of you will take this same opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your loved ones. Oh yeah, make sure you have a great time and enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. After all, creating the memories that you record is the most fun of all! :)

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