Pioneer Day. A Concert and a 5K.
Here in Utah, Pioneer Day is a big deal. On July 24th, 1847 Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley after being forced from their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois.
We honour the faith and determination that those pioneers faced on their long journey with many deaths, illnesses and travelling through bad weather. We also honour our own ancestors whether they were one of those who trekked from Nauvoo to Salt Lake or not.
On Saturday evening we watched the Pioneer day concert in the conference center. Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was great, Nathan is amazingly talented. Here is one of the songs he sang, “Don’t Cry”:
Lindsey is also very talented and has achieved much success through youtube. This wasn’t one of her performances but I do like this video.
This morning we participated in the Temple to Temple to run that my Stake organized. Except we didn’t run we walked the 5k along with many others herding small children and pushing strollers.
We started at the Provo Temple
We finished at the Provo City Center Temple that is currently under construction.
I was a little disappointed by the lack of security that was present. There were several occasions where I saw children almost being hit by cars. There were police officers at major intersections but no one patroling the smaller intersections where people just drove through the red cones forcing parents to pull their children back from those irresponsible drivers just in time.
The walk wasn’t a big deal for me since I walk 2 miles every day so it was just one extra mile. I was impressed with Sariah and Rebekah though they did great. No complaining, they just walked. Miriam and Joshua were the lucky ones getting pushed a long in strollers. We made it through the finish line at 1 hour 10 minutes and 28 seconds. I was actually expecting a time of around 1 hour 30 minutes!
There were no tears until we were eating our pancakes that the stake graciously provided. Joshua cried because he wanted to be at the table eating with us and JJ was feeding him at his stroller and Sariah cried because there was no bacon … ha ha!… We just told her that it was really nice that they made pancakes for us.
We then took a bus back to the Provo Temple to get our van.