We want you to know of the great love and admiration we have for each one of you and for the choices that you have made to get to this point in your lives. You are extraordinary!
The trek experience this summer will bring to life the place, the struggles, and the lives of the early pioneer members of the church as they and their families crossed the plains. Some of you have already had trials and struggles in your lives that paralleled those of the pioneers as they searched for Zion. Many, if not all of you, will yet have those testimony building experiences. You will recognize them for what they are because you will feel a closeness to the Holy Ghost. It is then a choice to let these experiences cement your testimony and draw you closer to Him and His blessings of happiness, or to push you away.
Please do not fear what lies ahead. Be of good cheer with a ‘perfect brightness of hope’ (2Ne 31:20) in things to come. Our trek motto this year is Walking with Angels. Our young brothers and sisters, if you will take time to prepare physically and spiritually for the trek experience by working on and earning the Trail of Faith Award, we promise you faith building experiences. Remember “that angels are still sent to help us…” (Jeffrey R. Holland) and as the Lord promised, ‘[his] angels are round about you, to bear you up’(D&C 84:88). You are not doing this alone and you don’t have to.
It is our testimony that your experiences related to trek will open your hearts and souls to the great Revelator, the Holy Ghost. And by so doing, you will understand why you are where you are, why you are having the experiences that you are having, and how the Spirit is molding you into what you are becoming. That’s what happened to the pioneers in their time, and it is why He needs you to be a pioneer where you are today. Walk with the angels and receive the blessings He has in store for you in your life. He needs you and He loves you!
We are excited for the experiences to come as you prepare for trek. It is our prayer that you will have the Holy Ghost to teach you and instruct you as you work on the Trail of Faith Award in preparation for trek. We love you!
The Moscow Idaho Stake Presidency
Ryan W Cook
Darin L Porter
James E Stoner