Pioneer Unit

Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 17

Why would the pioneers do what they did?  Why would they give up everything?  Many (including my own ancestors) lost family members because they were disowned when they joined the church.  Many had multiple children die because they were living in unfavorable conditions (starvation, sickness, disease, extreme weather, etc.)  Many had previously led comfortable and...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 16

Today is Pioneer Day! On July 24, 1847, (172 years ago today), the first group of Pioneers finally emerged from the last canyon, and entered the Salt Lake Valley.  Wilford Woodruff expressed their feelings when he wrote, “We came in full view of the great valley or basin” of “the Salt Lake and land of...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 15

Today, we learned about the conversion stories of the ancestors that we are representing. For 4 out of the 5, we don’t have very much information… just a sentence or two. But we had more detailed information for Charles Alfred Harper so we re-enacted that story. 🙂 Charles was a Quaker but his wife, Lavina,...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 14

After leaving Nauvoo at the beginning of 1846, and the trek across Iowa taking much longer than expected, The Saints made a temporary settlement, for the winter, on both sides of the Missouri River (on the border of Iowa and Nebraska). They named this settlement Winter Quarters and it became an instant city on the...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 13

Today, we took turns teaching school. Both Matilda Allison Casper and Harriet Matilda Casper Marchant both taught school. Matilda taught the school that Harriet attended. Harriet was very good in spelling and was a rather good reader. She was also good at arithmetic. Many sacrifices were made by Harriet’s family to obtain books, as books...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 12

Today, we learned about miracles and how Heavenly Father provides for us. We had quite the feast and talked about how good God is. See the other 5 posts for more details. The activities that we did were catching quail, digging and gathering sego lily bulbs (pearl onions), gathering HoneyDew manna from the willows and...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 11

We made hand dipped beeswax candles today. 🙂 My parents sent me some beeswax (one block that they already had on hand from another source, and another block that was from their very own beehives). This was quite the process (especially since I did it the super cautious way… it took longer) and took pretty...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 10

Pulled out my inner Nephi and built a ship today. It is so amazing how the spirit works sometimes. I know, things like this are pretty trivial, but Heavenly Father loves to bless us. This morning I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do for our unit. I knew that I...
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Pioneer Unit 2019: Day 9

We did some pioneer chores today. 🙂
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