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June 29, 2017 Mormons trek to connect with past
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West Chester

June 22, tens of teens gathered at the West Chester Heritage Building dressed-mostly-in attire reminiscent of the 1800s.

There were hand carts scattered around the lawn out front of the former school building as local members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepared to make their semi-annual trek.

The trek is made every four years or so with a new group of 14 to 18-year old members of the church.

“The idea behind it is to give them an opportunity to kind of feel the sacrifice and the faith and the testimony that our ancestors had as they pulled hand carts across the state,” Garrik Jones said.

This trek started in West Chester where the various “families” made their way across the Kewash Nature Trail until reaching Keota. The plan is for the various groups to spend roughly three hours a day on the trail.

Along the way, they will be educated on the history of the pioneers through stories and activities. Upon reaching Keota they will have a square dance. The following day, the group would make the return trip back to West Chester and have a festival complete with period-era games and hootenanny, during which each group performed a song.

Two of those making the trip were Camilla McNeely (18) of Muscatine and Ander Fuller (17) of Iowa City, both of whom were looking forward to different aspects of the trip.

“I’m looking forward to the trek itself,” Fuller said. “I really like hiking and stuff like that.”

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