My Thoughts on the Prophet Joseph Smith

(Written on May 4th 2016 as apart of one of my “Foundations of the Restoration” Institute class final)

It’s extremely important to remember that Joseph smith is so much of a vital driving force and catalyst for the Restoration of the gospel that I know and love today. I always reference that I’ve been where “They’ve walk”, referring to the countless church history
sites I’ve been blessed to go to over the past few years. At these church history sites I’ve learned so much about the prophet Josejsmithph Smith. Through this class I learned doctrinal truths about ¬†the sacrifices and trials he went through, while leading the Saints west.

God chose an ordinary boy, with no high qualifiers to take the gospel to the world. Without him we wouldn’t be here enjoying the blessing which we receive and love. I am so grateful for the sacrifices of the Saints and brother Joseph. It is mainly to the face the gospel has saved my life. It helped change a college athlete party animal into a respectable man of faith.

pioneerWhen I hear the stories about the pioneers it strengthens my testimony and reminds me that things are not always as bad as they seem, that God is always there, and that if we follow the Prophets and the words of our Heavenly Father everything will work out.

img_1467.jpgI am so grateful for the sacred temple ordinances that I’ve had the blessings to take on myself. I know these blessings have helped me, and have done wonders for those who have not had the opportunity in this lifetime, that I’ve been blessed to serve as proxy for.

I want to close this with my testimony, that I know Joseph smith is a true prophet. That the sacrifice and trials of the Pioneers are a model of strength and pure testimony. I know my heavenly Father has saved me and my Savior lives. And I say this in the name of Jesus Christ.


Gerald R.


Bro-trip 2015 Pioneer Log- “Departure Date has been confirmed”

Good Evening friends!

We have determined our departure date, and it will be at about 8pm tuesday April 14th! Leaving at that tiem, giving into consideration traffic, time zone changes, and other variables would put us in Nauvoo at about 11am Central on the 15th.

Confirmed are 3 out of the 5, and waiting to hear back from the two! I’m so excited thinking about!

Check back here for more updates, and if you know of anyplace between Nauvoo, and Palmyra that we should visit, just drop your suggestion in the comments section!

Take care!


Team Pioneer- To Nauvoo We Ride

Last year 4 of my friends hopped in a Kia Sedona and headed North to Palmyra! After a 6 hour drive up the East coast we arrived at our destination. The weekend was filled with exploration, and wonder. We saw awesome sacred sites, like the Sacred grove, and each of us were able to have our own personal spiritual moments. IT was a wonderful trip!….

Over the summer I had the opportunity to drive to Kirtland with some of my friends. It was a wonderful trip! A phenomenal experience once that I’ll never forget. It inspiried be to keep heading west along the Mormon Pioneer trail!

And now here we are….

Me and some friends are now planning to head out to Nauvoo, which is a 14 hour drive west of Maryland where we live. This for me will be the furthest west I’ve ever been in my life, and it will also include on the way home, stops in Chicago, A stop in Nauvoo, Another Stop in Palmyra, and finally ending with a stop in Philly before heading home! (Philly and Chicago, are for food purposes because who can deny a deep dish pizza or a philly cheese steak sub).

The trip although far is bound to be awesome, and I’m so excited. Check back here as I record updates and even more important reports from the trip itself in April!