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The sweat of toil is not in vain
If in the battle of souls, you gain
Endure, press on, be steadfast,
And work towards what know will last


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Without freedom
How can one feel safe?
Act with wisdom
Or become a slave

Noah pack up
While others jeered
Building was tough
But freedom neared

The pioneers
Left the known behind
Despite the tears
They’d freedom to find
What is security
And a comfortable life
Without liberty
And faith to help you strive

The World Needs Pioneers Today

We forget how the Greeks and Romans prevailed magnificently in a barbaric world and how that triumph ended—how a slackness and softness finally overcame them to their ruin. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security and a comfortable life; and they lost all—comfort and security and freedom.   http://www.lds.org/liahona/2013/07/the-world-needs-pioneers-today?lang=eng

Liberty – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Liberty is the value of individuals to have agency (control over their own actions). 

He who sacrifices freedom for security will soon have neither.-  Ben Franklin

Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

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The pioneers found great comfort
In the temple’s sealing power
Throughout the miles they covered

Though each day became more dour

dour- adj. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

Sally Randall of Nauvoo, Illinois, whose 14-year-old son died, found great comfort in the promise of eternal families. After her husband was baptized for their son, she wrote to her relatives: “What a glorious thing it is that we … can be baptized for all of our dead [ancestors] and save them as far back as we can get any knowledge of them.” Then she asked her relatives to send her information on their ancestors, saying, “I intend to do what I can to save [our family].”4  June VT message, Ensign

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What would stop you
From reaching Zion?
Frostbite? Ice? No!
God’s love warms, try on.

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This is the right place
A valley of grass
Soil to embrace
The Saints home, at last

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Fear and dire situation
Led to the awful needs
Bringing out the worst in them
The Donner Party deeds

Having seen the Donner Party
_____(he) led the late company
The handcarts were loaded with food
To share as an entire group

Starvation looked them in the face
Soon, the journey became a race
The Winter was setting in
Could they conquer and win?

Along the trail some died
Frozen side by side
Starving in the snow
With their hope still aglow

The rescue was like a dream
Through the snow they saw the team
Now fed they must walk on
To Zion it would not be long

Thoughts from seeing 17 Miracles.
The man leading the hand cart company
had been in the Battalion and
had seen the awful remains
of the Donner Party. The last
thing he wanted was for the
group to run out of food
and then…

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Our heritage
Came of sacrifice
Through faith and courage
For a better life

Preserved to labor
They carved, for us, a trail
A path to the Savior
Where “all is well”

Let us do the same
For our children’s children
In our Lord’s name
Let us persevere for them

persevered against injustice, misunderstanding, some intolerance, occasional bigotry, occasional racism, against differences of custom and traditions and faith, [and] labored against all of that to carve out for us, their descendants, the wonderful day and the marvelous miraculous time in which we live

Elder Holland said. “We owe the same pioneering, persevering legacy to our children and our children’s children.”

Elder Holland spoke at the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days Devotional at the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on July 17, 2011, and encouraged individuals to work together while respecting and emulating their diverse pioneer heritage in their communities today.

“People working together are more successful, more prosperous and much more happy than neighborhoods or ethnic groups or religious faiths that are suspicious of one another, threatened by one another, and all too often hostile, even violent, toward one another,” he said.

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