Our mission has let us do things we have never done before. Here are a few photos of "FIRST TIME FOR US."
One of the things some of us do as missionaries is the story of Ephraim Hanks and Thisbe Read, told around the campfires of the trekkers. You can Google Ephraim Hanks to find out more about this amazing handcart rescuer and frontiersman.
Here we are at the top of Prospect Hill, north of Devil's Gate, where the Martin Handcart pioneers had to climb in 18 inches of snow, just after the first rescuers met them on Oct. 28, 1856.
We have two orphan calves here at the Martin's Cove. This is also a working ranch, where the Church has 1200 head of cattle. Jean is helping to feed Walter and Norman. The man next to her is Elder Bolton. He and his wife are serving a mission here as ranch managers. They spend about 12 hours a day in the saddle, working the herd.
Believe it or not, we also call square dances for the trekkers. Both of us have the chance to do it regularly, out at the campgrounds set up for trek groups. You'll have to click on one of them to see John in action.
We also have days assigned to the work cres or yard crews. Jean has never ridden a riding mower, but here she is.
Here is Jean with Oscar, a dog from one of the ranches around here who comes in during the summer and adopts trek groups. If you want to see a great story of Oscar, go to "The Friend" magazine for July, 2009, or go to this web address: http://lds.org/churchmagazines/FR_2009_07_00___04267_000_000.pdf It's a pdf file, so open it and go to page 22.
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