The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed a Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert last night in the LDS Conference Center. You can watch this concert in streaming video at 7:00 p.m. MDT tonight here.
What is Pioneer Day?
Pioneer Day is celebrated by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to remember the sacrifices and lives of early members of the Latter-day Church. The first Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley (in Utah, USA) on July 24, 1847. While this is a state holiday in Utah, Mormons around the world will sometimes also participate in commemoration activities to remember the lives and faith of early Mormon pioneers, and to celebrate the faith of modern-day pioneers.
Akie Taneda of Japan was a young girl when her family celebrated the early Latter-day Saint pioneers by having a “candle night” during which they used no electricity. “The candle’s flame was small, but it was a very warm light,” she said.
This weekend—like so many other Latter-day Saints around the world— Akie will reflect on the common spiritual heritage they all share as the Church commemorates the pioneers’ arrival in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. (read more…)