Recommended Reading




The early Pioneers endured many hardships, yet also saw great miracles and blessings come to fruition in their lives. One of the best ways to prepare for Trek is to read more about these trials and experiences that were encountered on the trail.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful bookstore in our area that has three marvelous books for purchase at a discount for our Stake Trek Youth. They are well worth the read!

Dallas LDS Books (Jake Vasquez, Owner)
13536 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75240 (Now North of 635 on the East side, near Preston and Alpha)


The Price We Paid – Andrew D. Olsen * ($25.99 – Plano Stake Trek Discount 30% off –




Fire of the Covenant – Gerald Lund * ($23.99, small paperback, Plano Stake Trek Discount 30% off – $16.79




I Walked to Zion – Susan Arrington Madsen ($14.99, Plano Stake Trek Discount 30% off – $10.49)



Discontinued or out of print books:

Journal of the Trail – Complied and edited by Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S.

Handcarts to Zion – Roy R. Hafen and Ann W. Hafen, U. of Nebraska Press

Charlotte Elizabeth – JoAnn Mellor Felix, C.E. Mellor Associates

The Second Rescue – Susan Arrington Madsen, Deseret Book

Their Faces Toward Zion – Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Bookcraft

111 Days to Zion – Hal Knight and Dr. Stanley B. Kimball

Trail of Hope – William W. Slaughter and Michael Landon

Journey to Zion (Voices from the Mormon Trail), Carol Cornwall Madsen

Tell My Story Too – Jolene Allphin A
collection of 2337 biographical sketches of pioneers and rescuers ($25 – but

Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Rescue – Lee Groberg
Legacy. Church Distribution

Trail of Hope – Lee Groberg

The Church website also has some great articles and videos about Pioneers and their early Treks.