The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cape Coral celebrated Pioneer Day Saturday with cow milking; apple bobbing; cow flop, water balloon and ring toss; a scripture question game; old fashioned pioneer photos complete with costumes and props; tractor rides; handcart building; and pie eating contests. A chili cook-off lunch was served with baked potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, cake, pie and molasses cookies.
The annual celebration is held in honor of the first group of Mormon pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley between July 22 and July 24, 1847.
Latter-day Saints went west to escape religious persecution. They left behind comfortable homes and profitable farms and braved the 1,300-mile journey across the plains under sweltering sun and in freezing winter storms.
The celebration featured a variety
of activities, including the pioneer
Brigham Young led the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, Ill., to the Rocky Mountains, where he was instrumental in settling not only Salt Lake City but also cities and towns in Utah and throughout the West. He served as Church president from 1847 to 1877 and served for a time as territorial governor and Indian Agent.
The historic trek of the Mormon pioneers in the mid to late 1840s was an event that helped shape the development of the American West.
The church was formally organized in a small log cabin in 1830 in upstate New York with six members. The current worldwide church membership is 14,782,473 with 29,014 congregations.
For more information, please see www.lds.org or www.mormon.org or visit the church at 1928 Chiquita Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. Services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by Sunday School. Everyone is welcome. The bishop may be contacted at 239 565-5616.