Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book review: The Mormon Pioneer Trail

This is a pamphlet published the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the sesquicentennial of the Mormon pioneers arrival in Salt Lake. It is a highway guide and trail etiquette guide. I did not follow the trail using the guide, so cannot tell of the accuracy of the directions provided. The guide presents 50 different sites along the trail, and gives a paragraph or two about the history of each site.

It presents historical brief insights of the original trek in 1847, as well as brief outlines of the handcart treks.

I enjoyed the introductory comments. "The trek west is a symbol of the faith and dedication that pioneers in all times and places have as they help establish the Church throughout the world." The pamphlet then quotes President Gordon B. Hinckley. "It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before, to gain strength for whatever lies ahead."

This pamphlet is most useful as a guide to visiting sites along the trail.  The information may be dated however.  It does give some background information with regards to the trail.

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