Our Stake is participating in a trek this year. This past Tuesday we had a stake activity about Ephraim K Hanks It was awesome! For anyone reading this who doesn't know who he was you can read all about him, by clicking on his name.
We are lucky enough to live where Ephraim Hanks was buried; the activity was held on a hill looking over the cemetery. The day of the activity was SO cold and it had been snowing all day! For most of the wards the burial site is an hour away, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had not been snowing where the activity was being held. It was still cold and the wind was blowing, but that just adds to the pioneer experience I suppose.
For the activity we went on a short hike to the cemetery; a color guard of local veterans stood guard at the grave site, and preformed a flag ceremony (Which was really cool! The bugle player was amazing). Next a member of our Stake Presidency told a few stories from the Martin Company and explained some of the rules and what to expect. Then we had the pleasure of Ephriam Hanks making an appearance; he told the youth his story, and shared some buffalo jerky with us. Everyone was given an opportunity to walk past and look at his headstone, his 4th wife Thisbe Quilley Read Hanks is buried next to him. After we hiked back to our original meeting spot we enjoyed hot scones courtesy of the stake young men and young women's presidencies. It was a great activity, our young women really enjoyed it.