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My Pioneer

When I think of all the Pioneer stories that I have hear throughout my life only one word comes to my mind: sacrifice. Well, I think of other words too, like faith, courage, endurance etc., but for some reason sacrifice always comes to my mind first. Pioneers sailed across the seas, crossed the plains, left behind houses, farms, various possessions, friends, and even family to go where they knew they needed to be. Pioneers did not only exsist in the 1800’s. There are modern-day Pioneers, too, and one of them happens to be my husband, Brother Patience. He is my very own Pioneer.

Last year my husband and I were asked to talk about Pioneers in sacrament meeting. As we prepared our talks I decided to speak on how we can be Pioneers in today’s world. The more I prepared the more I realized that I married one! Brother Patience was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, and was active in his faith. He was encouraged later in his teenage years to find a church that he felt was right, and true. He eventually met some missionaries who rented an apartment from his family, and that is when he was first introduced to the church, but it wasn’t until years later that he actually joined. In the meantime, Brother Patience left Bolivia to pursue his college education in the United States. He worked very hard to stay in the United States despite trials, stumbling blocks and missing his family that he left behind.

Because of my husband’s choices to join the church and move to the U.S. he was able to fulfill some very important things. I would have never met him if he had not made the sacrifices that he did. And because he joined the church, he has started a ripple effect that will affect our children, our children’s children, generations to come and generations passed.

You don’t have to push a handcart, leave your family dear, or walk a thousand miles or more to be a Pioneer.

You do need to have great courage, faith to conquer fear, and work with might for a cause that’s right to be be a Pioneer.”

Children’s Songbook “To Be a Pioneer”

There are many modern-day Pioneers. Some of them are in our immediate families, some may be our friends, others go unnoticed. We, too, can be Pioneers by fighting ‘for a cause that’s right’ in everything we do and say.

I am certainly thankful for the faith and endurance of Pioneers past and present, who are constantly paving the way for a good cause.



2 Responses

  1. I am so proud to be Siser Aloha’s Mommie. I must have done something right. Sister Aloha, you have a talent for writing (which you get from me!). Keep up the good work. I am your biggest fan.

  2. Sometimes the stories of the Mormon pioneers traveling across the plains seems so long ago and difficult to relate to. Not being of Mormon pioneer heritage, it often doesn’t interest me. But conversion stories of friends and family members helps me realize that the word “pioneer” is just as relevant today as back then. Thank you for sharing Bro. Patience’s pioneer story–I love to admire and look up to those pioneer’s of today and see how others have come to the faith. Bro. Patience is a great example of overcoming hardships and always choosing the right! 🙂

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