Today is a very loved holiday in the state of Utah – the 24th of July. It’s the day we celebrate the first Mormon Pioneers arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 24 July 1847. After years of persecution and being driven from place to place, those pioneers finally fled Nauvoo and began the difficult journey to Utah. Some traveled by ox cart, many walked alongside the wagons, others traveled by handcart which meant a lot of walking, and a very small group of Saints traveled on the Ship Brooklyn sailing from New York, around Cape Horn, and arriving in Yerba Buena, California six months later. My own ancestors were among each of those groups.
In honor of my pioneer ancestors, on this 24th of July, I have a special treasure to share. I just discovered this gem last week while going through some more of my Grandma’s collection.
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