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Pioneer Day 2011

July 24th, 2011 by G.

About the Pioneer Day broadcast yesterday, the least said the better. The proportion of show tunes was slightly less than in recent years. That’s something. But Yellow Ribbonism Support Our Troops sentiment isn’t really the core of the holiday either, and that’s what they replaced the surplus of show tunes with. I don’t object exactly. Pioneer Day is the celebration of the ethnogenesis of one of the American peoples, so American patriotism is appropriate. But American patriotism alone isn’t enough. There needs to be some pioneer stuff too.

Because the pioneers are worth remembering.

“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men, and their story is not graven on stones over their clay, but abides everywhere without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men’s lives”

Thucydides

Our collection of Pioneer Day material can be found here. It’s very much worth a click.

www.lds.org put up this video:

You can read the accompanying text here. The message is sound: the pioneer legacy is our legacy, regardless of our actual ancestry. Which is, of course, another way that the Mormon people are at heart an American people. Anyone can be one of us.

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July 24th, 2011 13:56:36
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chris
July 25, 2011

I also made sure to watch the program. It seemed like a 4th of July Program. As a patriotic American, with a family history in the military and being on more domestic and overseas US bases than I can count, I was actually wincing in behalf of all those overseas Saints who actually wanted to pay respect to the Pioneers with their families.

It’s hard enough to convey respect of the Pioneers outside of the USA to people who just don’t get why we should care about some people in America moving to Utah. When you point out how strangely similar the Pioneer experinece mimics and is a type of the Children of Israel experience it makes sense.

A study of the Pioneers has as much revelance as a study of the Children of Israel journeying to the promised land. Sure we actually aren’t obssessed with the land and the people, but the principles and the stories demonstrate much faith and other principles about God and life we can understand.

For some baffling reason, nearly beyond comprehension, instead of talking about these spiritual principles and histories the primary focus was on how great freedom in the USA is and how blessed a nation the USA is. I don’t have a problem with these things actually. I think you could substitute USA for a dozen or more other nations as well. Not that the USA does not play a special role and I’m not downplaying it.

But seriously, if you’re going to give a raw-raw-go-America program, at list turn to the doctrines in the OT and BoM and D&C which point to it. There are many. The program seemed to miss the mark.

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