|Image: Painting depicting a line of pioneers, most walking and pulling handcarts, some driving wagons. Source|
Some of those pioneers crossed the plains using oxen and wagons; others used handcarts and walked the 1000+ miles. Though the vast majority of the pioneers reached their destination safely, there were certainly fatalities along the way--most notably in the Willie and Martin handcart companies. Of the approximately 1000 people in those two companies, around 200 died. (source)
So, what are my thankfuls today?
I'm thankful for the examples set by those pioneers. Faith, commitment, perseverance, dedication, integrity, fortitude, sacrifice, gratitude, hope, and love drove those men, women, and children forward even in the most difficult of circumstances. They understood that as they kept near to God, all was well.
I'm also thankful, of course, for John, who directly descends from Willie Handcart Company pioneers, and is a great example to me of the characteristics of his ancestors.
Happy Pioneer Day! What are you thankful for this week?
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