What Might Look Like A Historical Photo Of Pioneers In A Snowstorm On Their Trek To The Salt Lake Valley Is Actually A Picture Of Members Of The Mesa North Stake Who, While Involved In A Youth Pioneer Trek In October, Were Caught In An Early Storm Near Forest Lakes, Ariz. Photo By Mike Heaton.

Snowstorm makes youth trek a more authentic experience

What might look like a historical photo of pioneers in a snowstorm on their trek to the Salt Lake Valley is actually a picture of members of the Mesa North Stake who, while involved in a youth pioneer trek in October, were caught in an early storm near Forest Lakes, Ariz. Photo by Mike Heaton.

What might look like a historical photo of pioneers in a snowstorm on their trek to the Salt Lake Valley is actually a picture of members of the Mesa North Stake who, while involved in a youth pioneer trek in October, were caught in an early storm near Forest Lakes, Ariz. Photo by Mike Heaton.

By Jill Adair

What was hail and sleet through the night turned to huge snowflakes, just as the 165 youth showed up early in the morning on Oct. 10, says Mike Heaton, stake Young Men president.

Rachel Jensen, 17, a Laurel in the Fairfield Ward, said even though it was “so cold” it was great to see the youth get with their families and bond quickly as they worked together.

She recalls Stake President Jay Leavitt advising everyone to get ready to get on the trail and saying that the storm would soon clear up, and it did.

“It was sunny and starting to dry up just as we were ready to go,” she said.

Brother Heaton snapped the photo on his cell phone of trail bosses Shane Rohner, left, and Kent Riggs, right, as they watched the youth prepare their handcarts.

He said he was glad to have captured such a “unique experience,” adding that they all felt more like the pioneers and he didn’t think anyone would’ve changed the weather, even if they could have.

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