SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
— When the Mormon Battalion finally reached the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 29,
1847 — their feet scarred and bloody, their rations depleted and
their clothing tattered — they had completed a march of nearly 2,000
miles to what is modern-day San Diego. They endured one of the longest
military marches in history, forging their way over largely uncharted
territory because a prophet of God asked them to go.To tell this monumental story of sacrifice, faith and love of God and
country, a newly designed Mormon Battalion Historic Site was reopened to
the public exactly 163 years after the nearly 350 men, women and children
arrived near this site below Presidio Hill."This is an incredible building that becomes a missionary tool to tell
one of the greatest untold stories in the history of our people," said
Elder Richard G. Hinckley of the Seventy and executive director of the
Church's Missionary Department.See the full story on ldschurchnews.com.
This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.