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Reader voices: Sacred ground at the end of the pioneer trail

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  • djk blue springs, MO
    July 24, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    pioneers were the rough and spiritual groups of the trails to salt lake city. they suffered so much to have more. i am eternally grateful for my ancestors whom were part of the trail blazing to salt lake city

  • ijw Holladay, UT
    July 25, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Thank you Eric for your beautiful thoughts. I have always tied temple square to those wonderful pioneers and their faith and testimony of our Savior. Your piece puts all those thoughts and feelings together in a wonderful way.

  • DUPDaze Bakersfield, CA
    July 25, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    Now go visit Enterprise, UT and give us your impressions after standing in the blood-drenched field just east of it. The hair on the back of your neck will stand.

    My pioneer Grandma said never to forget the sacrifice and awful tragedy her peers learned that day. And the two years following while Mormon families raised the surviving children of that wagon train. We haven't grasped that tragedy yet today. But those ancestors also still commemmorate their family's sacrifices, on September 11, 1857. Just ten years after Mormons dedicated their own arrival and survival, they denied 120 others the same dream.

    But only a fully honest and forthright pioneer will be 100% transparent in addressing all aspects of the pioneer saga. Praise be to my righteous grandparents for instilling all the memories.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    July 26, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    My comment to DUPD in Bakersfield, my grandparents as well as great grandparents were some of the pioneers that settled Southern Utah, There is a chance that we might have the same great gratgrandparents. Send me a reply if you are inteested.