SLICE OF HISTORY: A group of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints young people trek down the rail trail.
SLICE OF HISTORY: A group of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints young people trek down the rail trail. Contributed

Mormon youth recreate historic journey

A GROUP of young members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints recreated a historic trek on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail last week.

The Mormon Pioneer Trail was the name given to the movement of church members from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah, between 1846 to 1869.

About 70,000 church members travelled across five states to escape religious persecution, and Australian church members recreated their experience.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Ambassadors president Bob Howe said about 102 young church members took part in the trek last week, which went from Moore to Yarraman.

"It was a much shorter distance than the original trek,” Mr Howe said.

"But this section of the trail gives them different sort of terrain.

"There are flat sections, gully crossings, steep climbs, forest settings and creeks.”

Mr Howe said the group dressed in period attire and pulled wooden carts.

"It was great to see the rail trail used for something different,” he said.

"We've had other groups do big things on the trail, like cycling, but this would be the largest group to trek along the trail.”

Mr Howe said the group that did the three-day trek last week was from the Gold Coast, but three groups from different LDS churches had done the trek in the past.

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