The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
On a hot October day at a farm near Córdoba, Argentina, Yesica Benavidez and several young women pulled heavy handcarts through knee-deep water and mud.
They were participating in a handcart trek reenactment with the Buenos Aires Argentina Castelar Stake, and this activity was known as the “women’s pull.” During the three-day trek, Benavidez and her husband, David Aguero, served as “Ma” and “Pa,” or leaders, for a “family,” or group, of youth.
“It was very special to see … all the young women work together and achieve a goal,” said Benavidez. “In that moment, I was able to grow my testimony about the Savior’s love. He knows each one of us and He knows our needs.”
From 1856 to 1860, about 3,000 Latter-day Saints pulled handcarts across the American plains — trekking in heat and cold, through rivers and over mountains — to gather in the Salt Lake Valley. To help youth learn from the experiences of the handcart pioneers, many stakes plan handcart reenactments.
A longtime activity in the United States, the trek reenactment also takes place in international areas of the Church — helping youth worldwide appreciate the sacrifice of the early Saints and understand their shared pioneer legacy.
To read the full article, CLICK HERE.