On April 16, 1847, a group of 148 Latter-day Saints in 72 wagons left Nebraska and began the 1,031-mile journey to the Salt Lake Valley. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley between the 21st and 24th of July 1847.

In the years that followed, tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints from around the world would leave their homes and follow the same route to the Salt Lake Valley.

Today, Latter-day Saints everywhere continue this pioneering legacy in their own countries as the gospel of Jesus Christ spreads throughout the world.


Collection of Inspiring Stories and Resources

The Trek west

The Trek west

The trail from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Great Salt Lake Valley was approximately 1,300 miles long and would ultimately lead 70,000 Mormon pioneers to the West.

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Brigham Young

Brigham Young

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True to the Faith of Our Forefathers

True to the Faith of Our Forefathers

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Faith to Push Forward - liahona

Faith to Push Forward - liahona

Armed with a testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Willie handcart company pushed forward against hardship and hunger.

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5 Pioneer Virtues That Can Save Our Homes Today - liahona

5 Pioneer Virtues That Can Save Our Homes Today - liahona

Our challenges today might be different, but we need the same strength as the pioneers of old.

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A Mormon Pioneer Story

A Mormon Pioneer Story

This is just one of the many stories that the pioneers of our church have inculcated in our hearts. Indeed, forever you will be remembered dear pioneers of...

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Keeping the Faith in Isolation - liahona

Keeping the Faith in Isolation - liahona

When war, disease, or other circumstances left these Church members alone in their countries, here’s how they stayed faithful.

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The Convert Immigrants

The Convert Immigrants

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Pioneer Exhibits

Pioneer Exhibits

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What is the significance of Pioneer Day?

What is the significance of Pioneer Day?

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Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

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Pioneer Day - Music for a Summer Evening

Pioneer Day - Music for a Summer Evening

Three amazing guests—Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III—joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their “Music for a Summer Evening”

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This Pioneer Day, Celebrate These Six Modern Pioneer Stories - Church News and Events

This Pioneer Day, Celebrate These Six Modern Pioneer Stories - Church News and Events

Pioneer Day isn’t just for the men and women who walked the plains. Today’s Church members can be called “modern pioneers,” according to President Dallin H. Oaks.

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Three Modern Pioneer Journeys - liahona

Three Modern Pioneer Journeys - liahona

Three young adults share their stories of joining the Church and creating a heritage of faith for themselves and their families.

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Pioneers in Every Land

Pioneers in Every Land

While Latter-day Saints are united by shared faith and goals, we also come from a wide range of backgrounds. Ultimately, our different perspectives can be a source of strength, but first we have to...

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Gateway Arch Museum Opens with Exhibit Featuring Mormon History

Gateway Arch Museum Opens with Exhibit Featuring Mormon History

When it comes to Latter-day Saints and Missouri in the 1830s, thoughts often go to the infamous 1838 extermination order issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. A less familiar but more redeeming story,

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