Today marks and commemorates the sacrifices and unshakable faith of the early Latter-day Saint pioneers that made the perilous journey to the Utah valley. To help celebrate this special day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 inspirational quotes about the pioneers. If we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section below!
We are all required to make journeys of faith. That is the gospel plan. Our path may not be crossing an ocean or walking alone from an empty train station. But whatever it is, it will demand faith in every footstep. Years from now your grandchildren will tell with amazement stories of your choices which changed their lives. You will be called their pioneers. -Bonnie D. Parkin
Image Courtesy of Helen Lundeburg
I pay tribute to [the Pioneers’] faithful deeds, their noble lives, and their lasting lessons of faith in God, courage, industry, self-reliance, and integrity. We stand today as beneficiaries of their priceless heritage to us, a heritage based on the truth that righteousness brings forth the blessings of God.
-Ezra Taft Benson
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There is something about reviewing the lessons of the past to prepare us to face the challenges of the future.
-L. Tom Perry
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“With the complex issues facing our families and our friends, our citizens, our state, our neighbors, our nation, the world, may we remember pioneers of an earlier day who persevered against injustice, misunderstanding, some intolerance, occasional bigotry, occasional racism, against differences of custom and traditions and faith, who labored against all of that to carve out for us, their descendants, the wonderful day and the marvelous miraculous time in which we live. We owe the same pioneering, persevering legacy to our children and our children’s children.”
-Jeffrey R. Holland
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The pioneers of the present, meaning you and me, also press forward in faith.
-Carol F. McConkie
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I doubt that many of those who set foot on that journey really understood what they were getting into or that they looked forward to the daily effort it eventually required. But they did know it was going to be hard and that there was a possibility they or someone they loved would not finish the journey. And yet they came. By the tens of thousands they came. And we—the Church, the nation, and even the world—are richer because they came.
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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Do you, like the pioneers, have the courage and the consistency to be true to the faith and endure to the end?
-Dallin H Oaks
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Prompted by the silent whisperings of the Spirit, sustained by a simple yet abiding faith, those pioneer Saints trusted in God.
-Thomas S. Monson
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With our abundant blessings today, my heart is filled with love and admiration for such noble and courageous forefathers. -M. Russell Ballard
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With so great an inheritance, we can do no less than our very best. Those who have gone before expect this of us.
– Gordon B. Hinckley
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If we missed one of your very favorite quotes or stories of Latter-day Saint pioneers, let us know in the comments section below!
Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.