Monday, November 14, 2011

Pioneer Heritage

          This chair, that Milzy is sitting in, belonged to her namesake: Helen Amelia Whiting Buchanan. It was made by her father, Edwin Whiting. Helen Amelia was my great-great-great Grandmother. Her family crossed the plains when she was 12 years old. My grandmother has a cross-stitch that she did when she was just a little girl. I love that I come from Mormon Pioneer stock. I saw the movie 17 Miracles for the first time yesterday. It was a lot more graphic than I thought it would be. I have heard the stories, I have been to a couple of sites even, but there is so much power in film. Most pioneer companies didn't face those types of hardships. Some of my ancestors came across in a company that didn't lose anyone. The trek was a few months. Can you imagine those few months though? They were amazing people. I am thankful for all that they sacrificed for me. I am thankful for their strength, for it teaches me that I can also have strength in my trials. I am thankful for their faith, for it shows me that even if it doesn't make sense now--it will someday. If they can carry on through faith through their trials, I can also. 

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