Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Walking to Zion: The End

Doctrine and Covenants 89:10-11: And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.
The first thing the advance pioneer teams did when they arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley was to break ground and plant crops. The survival of pioneers depended on it. As you walk this week, through your neighborhood and gardens, reflect on the bounty we are given, all the fruit that is coming into season. Be grateful to those who have gone before us, planting the trees that are swelling with fruit, that we, through the grace of God, our predecessors’ sacrifice, and our own labor, may be able to eat.

Our Ward was able to finish this 1,415 mile walk together in 5 weeks! This was much faster than I had anticipated. I loved the support that everyone in our ward showed me and the Primary children as we did this project together.

Would something like this work where you live? What should we do now that we have reached our goal to continue to encourage walking to church?

For Previous posts in this series, see the Introduction, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.
  • George Handley

    What an inspiring idea.  The entire church ought to read about this.  Maybe to keep the fire burning, family walking charts could be used for FHE and family planning.

    • Anonymous

      Each week I had little slips of paper with the thought for the week and a space to enter miles walked to be turned in. They sat on the table in the rotunda next to the bulletins. There were several people that held on to them for a few weeks before turning them in.

      I liked the idea that even if someone hadn’t gone out of their way to do extra walking for the project, they could still read the scripture or part of a song and think about the walking they had done.

    • Anonymous

      It was great tallying up the miles we had walked each week (70-90). I was surprised to see how much we walked, and we didn’t count everything or do any extra walking for the challenge.

  • Peter Ashcroft

    Congratulations on envisioning and executing an excellent project.  The more widely this success can be publicized, the better.