- Days of 47 Parade (LDS Church News)
It's been 167 years since the first of the Latter-day Saints entered the Salt Lake valley behind the leadership of President Brigham Young. Every year, in commemoration of that event, people from all over the valley participate in a parade — and many more line the streets — to honor and recognize the efforts of the early Mormon pioneers.
- Pioneer Day Remembers the Mormons Landing in Salt Lake City, Utah (World Religion News)
Many people have never heard of Pioneer Day, but it is a very special occasion for those that follow the Mormon faith or live in Utah. Celebrated every year on the 24th of July, Pioneer Day, also known as the Days of ’47, commemorates the great sacrifices that were made by the Mormons of the past, specifically the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City in 1847, so that future generations could have their own religious freedom.
- Bountiful’s Handcart Parade sets tone for Pioneer Day celebrations (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
It’s not the Days of ’47 Parade, but it’s close — in size, in theme, in location.
It’s Handcart Days’ Grand Parade, and it took to the streets of Bountiful on Wednesday evening.
- Communities celebrate pioneer heritage (The Spectrum - Utah)
Southern Utah communities celebrated tradition Thursday with parades and outdoor events, all in observance of Pioneer Day.
Commemorating the arrival and settling of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers from Nauvoo, Illinois, many communities in Utah now celebrate the day with a parade featuring floats built by various LDS church wards and livestock, followed by games, food and fun activities at a community gathering spot.
- Pioneer Day 5K takes participants ‘Temple to Temple’ (Fox 13 - Utah)
Thousands of people weren’t content to sit on the sidelines during Pioneer Day festivities Thursday, so they took part in a 5K run that is in its second year.
The Second Annual Temple to Temple 5K Run takes participants from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Provo Temple to the LDS Church’s newer Temple at Provo City Center.
- A Look Back: This Is The Place Monument through the years (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Each week, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features historic images of This Is The Place Monument.
- Pioneer Day of Mormons, Retooled for Saloon (New York Times)
The Thursday special at the Shooting Star Saloon this week was a generous slice of apple pie and a pint of ice-cold beer.
To some, the pairing may sound wince-inducing, but for many here, the combination is a July 24 tradition and a tongue-in-cheek twist on Pioneer Day, the state holiday that commemorates the arrival of Mormon settlers back in 1847. Pioneer Day is the biggest holiday in Utah, a day when most businesses and government offices close to honor the moment that Brigham Young reportedly looked down on the Salt Lake Valley from the Wasatch Range and uttered the famous words, “This is the right place.”
- LDS girls send messages of hope around the world (Crestview News Bulletin - Florida)
Crestview area girls are sending messages of hope to women around the world experiencing various hardships.
Creating Brave Girl Cards was just part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' week-long Girls Camp, themed "Girl on Fire."
- Manti Tabernacle restoration project underway (KSL - Utah)
As Utah pauses to celebrate the arrival of the pioneers, we get a rare look at some pioneer craftsmanship in one of the oldest LDS chapels still in use.
"You know you can't drive on Main Street and see this beautiful building without thinking of the pioneers," said Scott Hintze, an LDS stake president in Manti.
- Group Conducts Mass Resignation From Mormon Church To Protest Excommunication Of Kate Kelly (Huffington Post)
Nearly 500 Mormons joined a Facebook event marking their mass resignation from the LDS Church on Thursday to protest the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly and disciplining of John Dehlin, two prominent activists in the Mormon community.
- Kate Kelly appeals excommunication from Mormon church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to obtain Mormon priesthood for women, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders have excommunicated his wife but not disciplined him is proof of sexism in the church.
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