Ann and I were asked to participate in a youth group activity last week. It was a fabulous experience for us and for the young people who participated. We were “Ma and Pa” for one of a bunch of families, each with 10 or 11 kids between 14 and 18 years old from various congregations in the northwest metro area of Minneapolis. The three day activity was held at Crow Hassan Park Reserve.
Most of the kids in our “family” we didn’t know before Thursday morning when we met them. Here are some photos Angy Macfarlane took (none of the “families” had modern technology).
We reenacted a small portion of the Mormon pioneers’ mid-1800s journey across the Great Plains to Utah in which thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, many recent immigrants from Europe, fled persecution in the east to establish a safe home in the Rocky Mountains. Each group consisted of families pulling all they had (17 pounds limit) in a handcart. These replicas were made to the same design Brigham Young gave the Cartwrights back then.