I teach Sunday school to some of the youth in our ward and recently we’ve been discussing the Mormon pioneers and their trek across the plains and also in many cases across the pond from England.
Back in the mid 1800′s when the pioneers were gathering to Utah, it often took months in cramped unsanitary conditions on a leaky boat, with poor food, disease everywhere, only to be followed by more months walking across the barren, cold, and dangerous American Midwest. Lack of food and proper clothing claimed many lives. Not to mention many had nothing but the rags on their backs by the time they arrived.
I recently took a trip opposite to what so many pioneers did. I went from Utah to England for a business trip. It took me two hours to get from Utah to Texas. The only hardship I had was lack of phone service while in the air. Then I had a 10 hour flight across the pond. I’m sure the poor airline food and less than interesting in flight movies would have been a dream to any pioneer. The worst I had to face was a 30 minute line at customs. Count your blessings for the times we live in.