We have been called to be a Ma and Pa for our stake's upcoming pioneer trek. I have vague memories of when I went on trek when I was 16 years old. Beef broth and a roll for dinner, the women's pull, cooking a turkey over the campfire, and just memories of it being very hard! My sister claims that when she went on trek they had to chase, kill, and pluck their turkeys! Well, times have changed and from what I hear - this trek will be relatively tolerable - especially when it comes to food (sack lunches on a pioneer trek? Whoever heard of such a thing?). But don't get me wrong - I did not sign up for this hoping it would be easy or that we would be well-fed. I know it will be a growing experience mentally, emotionally and spiritually for me and for Wes - and for us as husband and wife. But to be honest I am a little nervous. I need help!
First, I would like to prepare by reading about the Willie and Martin handcart companies. Does anyone have any good recommendations? Or any other reading material about experiences on the trail to Zion? I know there are stories from my own ancestors. Mom? Help?
Second, I need ideas. I am not positive yet what my responsibilities will be as a Ma but I am pretty sure it will involve family home evenings and skits (trying to keep a good attitude about that one) and other activities to help make the trek meaningful to the youth. So all you youth leaders out there - lend a hand! I have never served in mutual and I can't just depend on Weston's scout camp experiences .
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