Here in UT we celebrate Pioneer Day on July 24th. The festivities include items not only of our state but also of our country. Because of this I usually leave my patriotic décor out until the end of July.
I have had mine up since June in celebration of Flag Day and I was ready for a change.
I thought it would be fun to decorate my mantle in celebration of my Pioneer heritage.
Although I was raised Catholic until the age of 12 and am a convert to the LDS church I have Pioneer heritage on my mothers side.
The Pioneers were hard working people.
(This info came when I googled: Utah Pioneer)
The definition of a Utah Pioneer was long ago established as one who came to the Valley, was born here, or one who died on the way before May 10, 1869.
(They worked hard and long and didn’t buy their butter in a box)
But the honored title “Pioneer” means much more than when or how they came.
(foods were preserved to get them through the hard winters)
These pioneers were “uncommon common people” — noble souls engaged in a noble quest, people who in their hearts possessed great faith in God, dedicated Saints who were driven by great devotion to a worthy cause. They were people who were obedient to the call of prophets, and they were people who were determined to succeed — and did succeed — at all costs. When their own work was finished, the world was a better place because of them.
I love that last statement from Google. I truly feel in my heart that it describes them perfectly!
(They were not a vain people, but surely the Pioneer woman cherished what few pretty items they could carry across the plains with them)
(perhaps something as simple as a pretty hair brush was considered a luxury)
They always carried a hankie in the pocket of their dress or apron. Think of the smudges and tears that would have been wiped from their children and perhaps their own faces.
It’s hard to think of the hardships that the Pioneers faced. Can you imagine packing up only a few belongings onto a covered wagon or handcart and heading off into the wilderness?
Our sweet mother taught us not to judge people by their faith. There are good and bad people in every religion.
I love people for who they are! But I am proud of my Pioneer ancestors!
I will be sharing with these fun parties: