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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Teens 'Expelled' in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- "Come on, Mormons, get outta here!" yelled one of the mob. Armed with the proclamation signed by Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs in 1839, they were again driving the Mormons away. Only this time the "Mormons" driven were teens in the Charleston South Carolina Stake and the "mob" were just adult stake members trying to give them a history lesson. "It's just to give them an idea of what it was like for the pioneers, to be committed enough to pack up everything they own into [a handcart.]"

Nearly 100 teens participated in the activity, which started yesterday at the edge of the Francis Marion Forest, and lasts until Saturday. They dressed in period clothing and were given about 15 minutes to pack their belongings before having to push and pull 300-pound handcarts through the forest all day.

The youth activity was to include a visit from the LDS Church's patriarch emeritus Eldred G. Smith, 94, as they set up camp on Friday evening.


Mormon teens relive expulsions
Charleston SC Post and Courier 13Apr01 D1
By Dave Munday: The Post and Courier staff
Re-enactment gave youth a taste of harsh realities of pioneer life


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