Through their long journeys across the plains, Rocky Mountains and back, pioneers have shaped America’s history. It is not something that most people are aware of, but they did learn about it in history classes. They also learned how pioneers shaped the history of many of our states, and how they identify with the world today. Pioneer Day is exactly what it says: it’s all about pioneers!
Not just any pioneers, but the Church of Latter-Day Saints also played a significant role in the expansion of America. Because of their long journeys, the Mormons are now a Christian religious sect which helped to create Utah.
Pioneer Day was created to celebrate the first Mormon pioneers to arrive in Salt Lake Valley. Although the date is an official Utah state holiday, there are many celebrations all over the globe. Because pioneers can come in many forms, many people celebrate this date in a wider context to honor pioneers and pay tribute to Mormon pioneers. It is a significant date for the Mormon faith. Local people consider it to be important for recognizing all who have contributed to the state regardless of their religious or cultural background.
It is an official Utah state holiday. Brigham Young was the second president of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, serving as the Mormon leader from 1847 to 1877.
Young and the Mormon group were the first to establish Utah as their homeland. They traveled from Nauvoo in Illinois, fearing persecution, to do so. Their journeys were ignited by the June 1844 murder of Joesph Smith, their leader and prophet. Many members were killed by cold weather and lost their lives as they traveled across the prairies of the Midwest and up the Rocky Mountains.
They began to farm once they arrived in Utah and sent messages back to let other Church members know that the “promised land” had been found. Two years later, they were greeted by a small group to celebrate their arrival.
As Mormons moved west, the holiday continued to grow. Utah, along with other states like Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, is believed to have the largest Mormon population in the country.
People close down their businesses and offices to attend festivals, pageants, cookouts and other events throughout the day. Others dress up as pioneers to reenact events from the west expansion.
Learn about the Mormons to celebrate Pioneer Day! To better understand how the Mormons shaped America, take a look at their history as a religious sect. You can find out more information online about the mormons or read a book about them. You may not know, but mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in America. Many people don’t realize this. The church claims that there are more than six million members. It also estimates that approximately one million people join the religion each three years. The church’s membership has increased more than twice since 1980.
It is worth your time to read up on Mormon beliefs so you have a better understanding. 94% of Mormons believe that the president or LDS church is actually a prophet of God. They believe ancient prophets also wrote the Book and Mormon. Many followers of this religion believe Jesus Christ and God The Father are two separate entities. Many Mormons believe that families can be reunited for eternity through the temple ceremonies. Even if you don’t believe in the faith, it is still interesting to learn about it. It can help us to see things differently and broaden our horizons.
Enjoy the day off, and go to a rodeo. You can share the holiday and help others learn about the importance westward expansion in America’s history by sharing it on social media.
There are many events happening in Salt Lake Valley during this time. The Days of ’47 Parade is the most well-known. The parade features entertainers, bands and clowns as well as horses and floats. You can also find Native American Celebrations and The Days of ‚Äô47 Rodeo, as well the Float Preview Party. You can read up on these events online, and check out the photos that have been posted to social media and blogs.
These events can be used as inspiration for hosting your Pioneer Day event. It could be a community event or just a few friends and family members enjoying Pioneer Day together. You have the option to make it a community event or just a few friends and family members who enjoy Pioneer Day together. We are certain that there will be something suitable for you, given all the traditional events taking place on this day.