Laurel Johnson/Provided --
Young trekkers pulled handcarts over 19 miles of muddy trails in the Francis Marion Forest and encountered several re-enactments of crises experienced by pioneers during the Mormon migration of 1,300 miles beginning in 1846. The teenagers shared that their confidence, religious convictions, commitment to teamwork, and gratitude for their families grew with each bump in the road and drop of rain. From left to right, Natalie Lockman, 16, Mount Pleasant; Lexis Turlock, 14, Goose Creek; Sullivan Castrate, 15, North Charleston; and Jett Whitten, 16, Mt. Pleasant.