Sunday, May 2, 2010
Cindy and I returned from Martin's Cove and we are now officially trained to be trek leaders. We were so impressed and moved by both the spirit of the place and the enthusiasm of the missionaries. We have never seen so many grown brothers and sisters weep as they shared their testimonies and stories of our pioneer ancestors. The other thing that struck us was just how much fun these missionaries had in serving. We learned that these pioneer sites are both sacred and hallowed and were often referred to as the Wyoming temple. We both felt the spirit and were moved to tears as we learned more about the Martin and Willie handcart companies and associated with dedicated missionaries and other trek leaders.
The grounds, museums, visitor center, old forts, barns, camp areas, and even the restrooms were immaculate and first rate. Through it all, the message was very clear, the purpose of trek is to:
Provide spiritual opportunities, under leadership of the priesthood, where youth can gain a deeper appreciation of the principles of faith, obedience, and sacrifice.