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Mormon Pioneer Trek Reenactment | Preserving The Heritage

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

June 25th 2016

Ryan Hender


I had the supreme pleasure of going along with my Stake, and what an experience it was. Here is a video that I produced on the Trek. 


Pioneer treks are a common summer activity for Church members around the world, allowing them to experience, if even partially, the challenges the earliest pioneers faced in searching for religious freedom in the 1800s. Opportunities abound to learn how suffering and sacrifice brings one close to the Savior. Walking in the pioneers’ footsteps, participants can feel empathy for those who heeded the call to gather to Zion.

“It’s important to remember the pioneers and what they did, because without them, we wouldn’t have the Church like it is today,” says 15-year-old Jenna Rasmussen, who embarked on a pioneer trek with her stake in June 2012. “Being able to see the struggles that they went through and sacrifices that they made for the Church shows you that we shouldn’t take it for granted. That was a big part of the lesson for me: you have to appreciate what we have.”


Rasmussen encourages every youth to participate in a trek, if possible.

“Go into it knowing that it’s going to be hard, but go into it knowing that it’s not about you. It’s about the kids who are on the trek,” she says. “It’s about how big of a difference you can make for them, and how real of an experience they can have—and most importantly, how much their testimony can grow in the time that you’re with them.”



Youth in Mongolia reenact a pioneer trek.

For many youth who would rather be at the movies or playing video games, leaving behind modern amenities may not exactly sound like fun. And when blisters and sore feet start setting in, attitudes can get even worse. When that happens, the charge to “do your duty with a heart full of song” becomes even greater for leaders (and any not afflicted with attitude-itis).


“You’ve got to get into it!” says James Baird. “You want to have a super optimistic attitude. Kids are going to complain.” He was called after his mission to be a “pa,” who, along with a “ma,” was the leader of a “family” typically comprising around 10 youths. One trek activity may consist of 20 such groups.

“You have to figure out how to be in a place where you can inspire them to keep going and to appreciate what they’re doing,” says Baird, who grew a beard and taught outdoor crafts to his trek family.

A positive approach may even need to involve embracing square dancing.

“We encourage them to learn how to do it [square dancing], as this was an important activity for the pioneers to rejuvenate them after long days on the trail,” says Elder Lorin Moench, the director of the Mormon Handcart Historic Sites of Wyoming, which encompasses about 100 miles of historic trails and locations and is the destination of about 25,000 trekkers each summer. He encourages trek participants to bring portable instruments such as harmonicas and violins to play at their campsites and along the trail.

Phillip Millett’s attitude proved to be the most important thing he brought with him on trek. At age 19, he was older than what was usual, but because he had had so much fun at trek four years earlier, he contacted the stake president, trek leaders, and the stake Young Men president in order to be able to join.


Eleven miles into the first 13 of the trek’s initial day, rain began to drizzle. After arriving at their camp that night, lightning prompted the families to seek shelter. Then sleet fell, with the temperature dropping 30 degrees in half an hour and biting air penetrating hundreds of teenagers.

With some of the trekkers beginning to contract hypothermia, the stake president ordered them off the mountain. Ward members drove to the location to quickly shuttle the youths to safety.

But Millett rose to the occasion, staying behind and loading other trekkers’ items into the vehicles. His effort proved to be crucial in helping some 200-plus people make it that night to a Heber barn owned by a ma and pa.

After the trek, a powerful testimony meeting was held in a stake youth sacrament meeting. When the stake Young Women president asked the self-described “tough guy” to share his feelings during the meeting, Millett soon found himself crying.

“I can count the number of times I have cried,” Millett says. “I could say I knew the Church was true, that I had a spiritual confirmation of that, and I could tell my peer group because of what I experienced over that weekend.”


The next week, Millett met with the stake president and began working on his mission papers.



As youth embark on modern-day treks and, in some cases, walk in the same places where the early Saints walked more than a hundred years before, their testimonies can be strengthened by learning more about the pioneers whose lives they are reenacting.

Youth can also gain a greater appreciation for the trials and faith of the pioneers by watching pioneer films such as Legacy and 17 Miracles at Mutual activities leading up to the trek. Keeping in mind the cause for which the early Saints were pushing forward can change the trek from a meander to a march.

That’s why it’s optimal for youths to find their own pioneer ancestry, Moench says. “If youth are unable to find an ancestor, they are encouraged to find the name of a pioneer and learn about their life and their experience with the handcart companies before walking in their behalf.”


Baird prepared extensively to lead the youth in trek by studying and pondering the scriptures and reading ample amounts of pioneer stories, considering how to share the experiences of his ancestors with his trek family along the trail and seeking counsel from the Spirit to understand how to direct his youth.

“I had the opportunity to work with some kids who needed some extra help or extra attention, so I was really excited to make a difference—to help them grow and change,” he says.

Physical Fitness

Pioneer treks range in mileage, but be ready to walk. A lot. A common suggestion is to take lengthy hikes and even runs to get in shape, so you can better enjoy the experience. Some days of marching can last as long as 13 miles, all while pulling handcarts over rough terrain.

“We had kids—we laughed, but it was true—walking like ducks,” says Gretta Millett, who has participated as a leader in four different treks. “Mile after mile, you get chafed. When you are told what to do, you may think you’re too tough. But then you walk.”

One of the most physically difficult but also most impactful experiences for many trekkers is the “women’s pull,” Moench says. During that time, the men and boys are called away from the handcarts and taken by their leaders to the top of a hill, where they learn about their priesthood responsibilities toward the women in their lives. Meanwhile, the women are told about how any pioneer women lost their husbands along the way (or temporarily to the Mormon Battalion) and had to pull the handcarts to Zion by themselves.


Then the women pull the handcarts up the hill while the men stand silently along each side of the road.

“It is usually a very tender and emotional experience for all,” Moench says.

For Baird’s family, the physical burden was huge, but the inner strength and connection it provided was as well. Among the three girls in his group pulling their handcart (along with the ma), one had shin splints and another was 12 years old—two years younger than the typical minimum age for participating in a trek. Once the team reached the top of the hill they had to conquer, the girl with shin splints collapsed. Baird carried her to a resting place immediately.

“To this day, I am not quite sure how she even pulled that handcart up that hill,” Baird says. “I was amazed to see how they overcame that obstacle.”


Treks offer acquaintance with nature, hard work, and living outside—but without the right gear, it can sometimes be a frustrating experience.

Help Fund Funeral Services For RJ Hender

Friday, May 20th, 2016

5/20/2016 Robert Hender

Salt Lake City, Utah



Robert Albert Hender Jr. AKA “RJ”


Born in October 1960 in Seattle Washington, the oldest of 5 children. Early in life, Robert was responsible for caring for his younger siblings, who loved him dearly. 


Though he desired strongly to serve an LDS mission, Robert was unable to due to reasons beyond his control. He instead dedicated his life to serving others with his best asset, his voice. Robert loved to sing, and had a great singing voice, he also served in the local media in several capacities, including but not limited to KPAX TV, KTKK Radio, and he took on the world with his website


A father of 11 kids, of which 5 currently live at home and depend on him fully, he set aside his own wants and continued to serve the community, his country. For years he worked tirelessly in radio, and through his website to bring to the forefront news that the rest of the world ignored. Robert was no stranger to controversial topics, in fact there were many radio stations that silenced him for being willing to openly discuss topics that mainstream media ignored. The selfless work that he did for over 10 years was his way of serving his country, he believed that with all of his soul even until his dying breath. There was never really any money in it, in fact, most months the family went without basic necessities. 


7 years ago, Robert found out that he was suffering from a genetic liver condition referred to as Alpha One Antitripsin Deficiency (A1AD) that would eventually take his life. He spent as much quality time with his family as he could, knowing that his time could be up at any moment. About 2 years ago he started having weekly surgeries to relieve the pressure off of his liver. He was on the liver transplant list at the University of Utah, and was waiting for a donor. As he worsened, he lost his voice almost completely, and was unable to continue being a radio talk show host, which he loved so much. He then dedicated his time to continuing his work on his website, which he was still hard at work maintaining until just days before “the worst week of my life”.  


On May 14th I got word f rom my younger sisters that my dad was exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. He was taken to a Hospital in Provo Utah where it was determined that his ammonia levels were dangerously high. His liver function was diminishing. He stabilized after a brief stay at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and was released to go home. Less than 24 hours later, his wife found him unresponsive in his favorite chair. 


He was taken by helicopter back to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where at first things looked optimistic, but then things took a turn for the worst. Having been on life support since 9am, his body was giving out. Around 9pm we were told that he only had hours to live. His kidneys had stopped functioning, and his seizures were getting closer together, and worsening. 12:00am May 20, 2016 he was taken off life support and left to his own devices. With his family by his side, he went peacefully back to his Father in Heaven at 12:15am May 20, 2016. 


He leaves behind his wife Virginia, and 11 kids, 5 of which were financially dependent on him. Without his disability check coming in, the family is now displaced from their home of 8 years, and forced to start life over again without the one person that held them all together. His wife, who had recently started working part time at Walmart, still not even able to cover basic necessities is now left with no option but to uproot her family and start life over 2 hours away from the place they called home for so many years. 


Robert did not have life insurance, nor was he able to prepare in any way for what might happen to his kids if he were to leave them this early. We are scrambling to figure out how we can pay for a burial at all, let alone how the little ones (youngest being 10) will be able to get back to life as normal. 


We are asking for your help, in any way you can. This is a desperate cry for help, and we would not be asking if it wasn't 100% necessary. Time is of the essence. If you can help in any way, we would be eternally grateful. I wish it didn’t come to this. 


We have setup a GoFundMe campaign to help collect funds to pay for final expenses. Click here to donate. 


Thank you so much for reading this, it means the world. 


-Ryan Hender



Obama Small Arms ShakeDown – Obama & Hillary Exposed

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Robert A Hender Jr
Oct 25, 2013
Subject: Obama DisArming America

We have every right to defend ourselves.  We have a responsibility to speak up and to stand where God has planted us, for free speech, for the freedom of worship, for our right to travel etc…  

NSA and CIA assassins have been trained to blindly shoot Americans.  The shootings at Aurora Colorado, at Newtown CT, at the DC Navy Base and other shooting events were carried out by Manchurian candidates and often they have no memory of the event.  

Do you recall the movie ' Conspiracy Theory, ' with Mel Gibson?  Do you remember Jason Borne as well?  These characters represent thousands of real NSA and CIA assassins that are quietly waiting for their marching orders.  

Between the UN Small Arms Treaty activity and the Lame Stream Media, the powers that be are ding their best to persuade us that we would be safer if we just hand over our guns.  These are lies from the pits of hell.  

In the news, I saw a report recently about how the Department of Homeland Security is about to spend $80million more to hire extra guards in preparation of civil unrest in America.  

  Are we sheep in America?  Are we waiting to be sheered by the politicians in DC?  

  We are in charge in America.  

  God Bless…  R J Hender



United States Of America, going Bankrupt

Friday, October 18th, 2013


America has been bankrupt, almost from the creation of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. When the corporate USA agrees to bankruptcy terms the agreement spans 70 years.  The first bankruptcy agreement included the District of Columbia as the collateral for the debt.  

The 2nd go-round – or 70 years after the Paris Treaty that Ben Franklin signed – the new USA bankruptcy agreement took place when Abe Lincoln was the President.  All of the southern states were to be used as collateral for the next 70yr USA bankruptcy contract. 

About 70 years later – 1933 or so – the USA Governors and the USA President decided to put you and me up as collateral for this next 70 year bankruptcy cycle.  

Today, when a man and a woman go and get their Marriage License they both sign the contract that allows Government to participate in their marriage.  It's a business license and the man and woman agree to give their children to the government.    

Today, when a new baby is born, the doctor and the parents sign the new Birth Certificate.  The birth certificate gets a cusip number and then it is monetized under the umbrella of the Dept of Commerce in DC.  Some times the baby signs the birth certificate with a foot print or a hand print.  This is officially called In-Voluntary Slavery.  As birth certificates are sold and sold again and sold again it generates $millions and $millions for the Federal Government. 

During the last several weeks we have been persuaded that America is out of money.  Well, many businesses have a 2nd set of books or a 3rd set of books.  Lawyers in DC and the Lame Stream Press are doing their best to twist our arm and find excuses to tax us even more.  

Count on it, the Federal Government corporation has plenty of money.  

We need to wake up. 

We need to kick the lawyer bums out of DC. 

We need to quit expecting Pres Obama and this Congress to fix anything. 

Take a look at for more evidence on these and other issues. 

I pray that God may continue to Bless America. 

The disgusting truth about Chicken Nuggets – The things THEY want to keep from you

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

nuggetToday I found something new that made me absolutely sick to my stomach about what is in the Chicken Nuggets in our major fast food chains. How can they get away with calling it "chicken"? They take a commonly known healthy meat product, and turn it into a greasy cocktail and market it to our kids. What do you think? Do the findings make you want to find something else for YOUR kids to eat?

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"JACKSON, Miss. — Laboratory analysis of chicken nuggets from two major fast-food chains found they contained between 40 and 50 percent meat, the remainder being fat, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments.

While all edible, the ingredients don't add up to a good choice, said Dr. Richard deShazo, UMMC distinguished professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology.

"I was floored," deShazo said. "I had read what other reports have said is in them and I didn't believe it. I was astonished actually seeing it under the microscope."

White chicken meat is one of the best sources of lean protein available, deShazo said, and physicians often encourage their patients to eat it. 

"What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it, and still call it chicken. It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them," he said.

The American Journal of Medicine published deShazo's findings online in September ahead of its print issue.

He chose to not name to two restaurant chains.

"This is about people having the knowledge and resources to make healthy choices," deShazo said. 

Chicken nuggets are fine when eaten occasionally within the scope of a healthy diet, he said.

"We've got to learn how to distribute our calories across a diet that includes lean protein, fresh fruit and green vegetables," deShazo said. "We're literally eating ourselves to death with obesity. We have to learn to eat a balanced diet where it's not all carbohydrates and fat."

Noting the popularity of chicken nuggets with children, deShazo, a vocal advocate for improving Mississippi's health, said the experiment wasn't designed as a comprehensive study of nuggets from all major fast-food chains. Nor do the results from two, randomly selected nuggets from two prominent chains represent all chicken nugget offerings available.

"My concern is that these constitute a large part of people's diets. Particularly children," he said. "When you fry any food, you've got a problem because you add a lot of calories to it. And we eat high-fat foods like chicken nuggets rather than fresh fruits and vegetables." 

If a large percentage of a particular food is fat, "And it is the predominant food that your child eats, they are going to become obese. And they could eventually get diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and other diseases we call co-morbidities."

For the examination, deShazo worked with Dr. Steven Bigler, a pathologist at Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, who stained, fixed, sliced and analyzed the nugget sections.

In their paper, the physicians wrote that meat constituted about half of nugget No. 1.

"The nugget from the first restaurant was composed of approximately 50 percent skeletal muscle, with the remainder composed primarily of fat, with some blood vessels and nerve present. Higher-power views showed generous quantities of epithelium and associated supportive tissue including squamous epithelium from skin or viscera," they wrote.

"The nugget from the second restaurant was composed of approximately 40 percent skeletal muscle. Here, too, there were generous quantities of fat and other tissue, including connective tissue and bone spicules."

He said fast-food chains aren't necessarily misleading consumers.

"We just don't take the time to understand basic nutritional facts – this is a health literacy issue – and to push back when our kids and grandkids, who do not know the risks of being obese, beg for unhealthy foods."

Through a partnership between UMMC and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, deShazo developed Southern Remedy, which includes television and radio episodes, documentaries and community outreach.
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