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YOUNG PEOPLE FORGE A LINK WITH YOUTHFUL PIONEERS

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Drawing a link of faith between themselves and the youth among the pioneers who gathered to the Salt Lake Valley in the 1800s, youth of the Salt Lake Wasatch Stake have provided a monument.

The monument, erected with donated materials and labor in East Canyon near the Mormon Pioneer Trail, was dedicated July 28 by Stake Pres. G. Craig Hanson during a fireside sponsored by the stake's Young Men and Young Women.W. Dee Halverson, stake Young Men president and a historic preservationist who conceived the project, said there were 145 young men and women between 12 and 18 years old among the first company of Pioneers to accompany Brigham Young into the valley.

The monument was built to honor those youth and others among the 70,000 pioneers who gathered to the valley between 1845 and 1869, as well as the thousands who followed in their footsteps. The project commemorates both the Utah State Centennial this year and the Church Pioneer Sesquicentennial next year.

A time capsule was placed in the monument, Brother Halverson said, containing biographies of the young people in that original pioneer company. In the Wasatch stake are nearly 200 Young Men and Young Women. Each was asked to research a pioneer ancestor or to choose one of the youth in the pioneer company and research his or her life for a biography to be placed in the time capsule.

"Also contained within the capsule are the names and testimonies of the Young Men and Young Women currently living in the Wasatch stake," he said. Thus, youth of "the current generation have linked themselves with those of the past."