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Friday, July 25, 2014

to be a pioneer

yesterday was a holiday here in utah-pioneer day. it's basically the day the pioneers arrived in utah after trekking across the country to escape religious persecution. if you're mormon, it's a pretty big deal. if you're not, it's a nice excuse for a day off work.
since i am mormon, it's a pretty big deal. i have ancestors who left everything they had to come and settle utah with the hope of religious freedom. they endured so many hardships to get here. many people lost their lives and families and literally every single thing they owned. they did it because they believed it was the right thing to do.
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the past couple of weeks at church we've been singing some songs with the little tykes about the pioneers. i especially love this song.
"you don't have to push a handcart, leave your family dear, or walk a thousand miles or more to be a pioneer.
you do have to have great courage, faith to conquer fear, and work with might for a cause that's right to be a pioneer."

yesterday wasn't just a day off work to relax and go running and the pool and finally have time for a pedicure. i did all of those things, but it was also a day to think about having great courage, faith to conquer fear, and working with might for a cause that's right. it's so easy to hangout in our comfort zones rather than pushing ourselves to do something more, to be something better. 


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