Second Annual Missionary Memorial Horseback Ride in
Honor of Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

10:00 AM Saturday 7 April 2001
Harker Canyon, Sheep Rock Mountains, Vernon, Utah

Lehi, UT: The Second Annual Parley P. Pratt Missionary Memorial Horseback Ride is announced for Saturday 7 April 2001 at Harker Canyon, south of Vernon, Utah.

The day following, on Sunday 8 April at 7:00 PM in the Tabernacle at American Fork, Utah, a special commemorative Missionary Memorial Fireside will be held with Elder Marion D. Hanks, for those unable to participate in the trail ride.

Larry Walker, trail captain for the ride, and David Tuttle, coordinator of the event, indicate that this ride will take place on land where Porter Rockwell ran cattle and horses in the early days of Utah history. All riders are invited to bring a sack lunch, a good horse, and the determination to participate in a 2-4 hour ride, depending on one’s physical fitness and condition of his or her mount.

Riders will meet by 10:00 AM at the mouth of Harker Canyon. To get there, take Highway 73 west out of Lehi , past Cedar Fort and Fairfield to the Vernon turnoff, travelling about twelve miles past Faust and the railroad tracks to Highway 36 and then south five miles to Vernon. At the Silver Sage Caf, turn west and follow the signs south of town about eight miles. From Center and Main in Lehi it is about 52 miles to the trail head.

Friends and family are invited to join in the ride and in a brief commemorative service at Indian Rocks at the head of Harker Canyon honoring LDS missionaries past and present who have died in the mission field.

In the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, those who have been called as missionaries have numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Among that number are a select few who paid the ultimate price for their commitment to the Restored Gospel.

In honor of those who died in the cause of the Master-in the tradition of saints throughout the ages such as Paul the Apostle, Peter and others of the Twelve as well as casualties to the truth in these latter-days such as Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Parley P. Pratt and many others-this commemorative horseback ride is organized to keep bright the memories of those who gave their all.

In this year’s ride, we honor all missionaries who have died or suffered trauma as a result of accident or illness related to their missions, in particular the following missionaries whose lives were given during the past two years:

Clark Henry Pixton, 20, Ukraine Donetsk, Logan, UT

Delbert Tolton Goates, 68, England Manchester, Salt Lake City, UT

Eric Robert Driggs, 20, Argentina Resistencia, Mesa, AZ

Melissa Peterson, 22, North Carolina Raleigh, Snowflake, AZ

Jaysen Ray Christiansen, 20, Iowa DesMoines, Harrisville, UT

Jared Mont Pulham, 20, Iowa DesMoines, Alpine, UT

Bradly Alan Savage, 20, Iowa DesMoines, Lehi, UT

Daniel Byrne Roundy, 19, Iowa DesMoines, Kaysville, UT

Parley P. Pratt Missionary Memorial Fireside
On Sunday 8 April, at 7:00 PM, a commemorative fireside will be held in the Tabernacle at American Fork, featuring Elder Marion D. Hanks, General Authority Emeritus, as keynote speaker. All family and friends are invited to join in this special fireside to honor missionaries of this dispensation. A Returned Missionary Chorus will also perform arrangements of hymns penned by Parley P. Pratt. Anyone interested in participating in the chorus is invited to call Bev Wilson (801 768-8844) who will be directing the group.

Chorus practice will be held Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the American Fork Tabernacle, 110 East Main Street, beginning 4 March and every week thereafter, including 1 April. Spouses of returned missionaries as well as prospective missionaries are also invited to participate in this unique event.

For questions, to RSVP, or for additional information, call Larry Walker 756-3951 or David Tuttle 768-3933 or e-mail:


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