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Dutch oven cooking featured in Mormon 'Pioneer Days' event

Published July 27. 2012 05:01PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Franklin Township, has planned a special event for the public that features Dutch oven cooking on Saturday.

The Dutch oven cooking, as part of a Pioneer Days celebration, will be held starting at 5 p.m. along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209) in Lehighton.

Members of the church will be doing the cooking, said Gary Schoenberger, high priest group leader.

"This is a way to honor the ancestors that brought them (the Mormons) into Salt Lake," said Schoenberger. "We will be having Dutch oven cooking like they did on the trails."

He said, "The key on Saturday is to honor the men and women who held true to their faith and followed the prophet Brigham Young and the trek west to the mountains. The area where they headed was wastelands. Even the Indians didn't want it. The prophet had a vision of what it should look like."

July 24 is the date when Brigham Young first entered the Salt Lake Valley. Pioneer Days in Utah is a major event each year, with the highlight activities occurring on the anniversary date.

Schoenberger said pioneer games will be among the activities.

Also present at the event will be two local missionaries, Elder White of Salt Lake City and Elder George of Kanosh, Utah.

Schoenberger explained that a Dutch oven is a cast iron pot with coals beneath and on top of it.

"In America, we have a desire to worship as we please," he said. "People will cross oceans. They will cross continents. We are honoring those fleeing religious persecution."

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