- FamilySearch Volunteers Break International Indexing Record (LDS Newsroom Blog)
FamilySearch indexing volunteers broke a record this week during the first Worldwide Indexing Event.
- Mormon Youth in Utah Host Special Needs Pioneer Trek (LDS Newsroom)
Every summer, Mormon youth groups reenact the trek pioneers made with their hand-carts across the Great Plains of the United States to Utah to escape persecution. The Mormon pioneers endured many hardships along the trail.
- What life was like for the Mormon pioneers after entering the Salt Lake Valley (Deseret News - Utah)
On June 28, 1847, Brigham Young met with Jim Bridger, famed frontiersman and owner of Fort Bridger. The two men discussed the merits of settling the Salt Lake Valley. Bridger expressed his opinion that growing grain would be difficult in the area, making it unsuitable to sustain a large population.
- In Our Lovely Deseret: Who were the first 3 women to enter the Salt Lake Valley? (Deseret News - Utah)
It was the great unknown, this vast wilderness the Saints needed to pass through in order to reach their new home. And what then? What would they find? And what could they make of this place the Lord would give them?
- Researching Family History: It's a day of a flood of family history records, documents (Deseret News - Utah)
Since I was small and young, my family has been heavily involved in genealogy. My father used to take me and some of my sisters and brothers to family meetings held in the extended Bangerter family once a month.
- This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
You may be yawning at the thought of yet another Pioneer Day parade celebrating the heroic arrival of beleaguered Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley.
You’ve heard of the LDS prophet declaring on July 24 that "this is the right place." The tragic Willie and Martin handcart companies, trapped in snowy Wyoming. The crickets and sea gulls.
- Video: Anatomy of a Days of ‘47 Parade float (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Late last year, the LDS Church assigned the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, among dozens of others, to design and construct a float for the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade with the theme, "Pioneers Pushing Towards the Future."
- New Mormon mental health group to take less-churchy approach (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Next week, a group of newly organized mental health providers, clinicians, educators and advocates — interested in or working with the LDS population — will meet in Utah.
Organizers created the Mormon Mental Health Association in June to provide "training, research, strategy, collaboration and education in the mental health treatment of Mormons, helping ensure that this population’s needs are being met by trained professionals who adhere to their professions’ code of ethics."
- 7 surprises in the Mormon pioneer diet (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
As Pioneer Day approaches, Utah tends to remember only those Mormon settlers who survived on boiled mush, sour weeds or — in some cases — nothing at all as they crossed the Western plains.
Of course, the stories about starvation are the exception, said Utah author and food historian Brock Cheney.