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Local teens taking part in the 2012 Youth Handcart Trek are in the midst of a five-day journey that will give them an idea of what the Mormon pioneers experienced.

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Local teens on five-day pioneer experience

Local teenagers gave up modern vehicles and luxuries to experience life as a pioneer this week. From June 5-9, roughly 80 local youth have been pulling handcarts, participating in the 2012 Youth Handcart Trek. The Payson Arizona Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring the event. Ivan McLaws, chair of this year’s trek, and numerous volunteers have been working on the event for more than eight months.

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