One side of my family has a long history in the LDS or Mormon church dating back to the early 1800’s.  I have ancestors who were pioneers leaving their families in Denmark to follow a prophet’s counsel to “come to Zion” in Salt Lake City.  Two of my ancestors married Joseph Smith.  One ancestor, Edward Partridge, was the first Mormon Bishop of the church and was killed by mobs who tarred and feathered him for his beliefs.

I have a special place in my heart for those who went before me and I thank the Lord for their sacrifice.

Below is an excerpt from a movie that depicts the early Mormon pioneers traveling across the plains to heed the call of their prophet.  I hope you feel the Spirit as I do when I reflect on all they sacrificed to serve the Lord.