Today was the anniversary of the Mormon handcart disaster. In 1856 a group of Mormons tried to get to Utah from Missouri by walking and dragging all their worldly belongings in handcarts.
They were stupid in thinking that they could get to their destination in the winter, and as a result of budget shortfalls and poor leadership, over 200 people perished in a blizzard on October 19, 1856.
Instead of learning from this experience and questioning the poor leadership and nonexistent planning, the Mormons of today make it an event to duplicate in honor of this failure.
A group of teens take up the handcarts, and when there is a river to cross, take up the teen aged girls to carry them across the river.
I think this is not only unecessary, but demeaning to the girls, and if a teen boy can cross a river carrying a girl in his arms, then there is no reason that the girl can’t wade across by herself.
They babble on and on about how “spiritual” the experience was, at least those silly girls do, all the while ignoring the fact that this is not a fun trip or easy campout. They would all do better by actually going camping with proper supervision and keep all feet dry.
This annual “trek” by the gullible teens is actually a brainwashing experience, and purported to be faith promoting. Dressing up like pioneers should be kept to celebrating Halloween, and not in trying to recreate a shameful part of a cult’s history.
As someone has stated before this, the victors write the history.
We should say rather that the survivors rewrote their history and painted it in glowing colors to fool future generations. It is rather like the survivors of the doomed Donner party holding a barbeque on the anniversary of the cannibalism that resulted from that group being trapped in the mountains in a blizzard.
Shades of 1984!