It is my pleasure to speak to you today as we celebrate the pioneer heritage of this church and look back on our ancestry. We are proud of where we came from, from whom we came. We have heard the stories told of these brave pioneers and some of us have been the story tellers. We may have a direct connection to these people through our blood lines or have formed our own connections through spiritual lines. No matter what the connection is we can all look back to the pioneers, to our ancestors, to give us direction as we move forward today.
Sydney Smith Reynolds is a great-great-great granddaughter of Hyrum Smith and shared her feelings on the subject of pioneers. She says,
"Although more than half of all current Church members have no personal connection with pre-twentieth-century pioneer Utah, few Latter-day Saints would deny that we can learn much from those nineteenth-century pioneers. They offer us a multitude of lessons about provident living, about sacrificing for the building up of Zion, and about creating beauty and peace wherever we may live. From the pioneers, we can also learn much about sacrifice, courage in the face of formidable odds, commitment, cooperation, and endurance.