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I brought this up before, but never received a satisfactory answer....

Does trek planning include the creation of moderately "stressful" situations or controlled emergencies where 

prayer, fasting, or blessings are suggested by leaders? I know of several situations in local

treks where that happened. Is that a general practice?

 

I compare it with set-up activities at the BSA Woodbadge training that are intended to

create certain situations and emotional responses. I didn't appreciate being manipulated like that.

 

Back in 2007, the youth in my stake went on a trek.  While it seemed to be an overall positive experience, one aspect of the event was to have some of the young women care for a baby doll during the trek, and then at certain points they were told their "child" had died and they had to go bury it off the trail. I thought that was a little weird.

 

But no fake prayers or fasting.

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Back in 2007, the youth in my stake went on a trek.  While it seemed to be an overall positive experience, one aspect of the event was to have some of the young women care for a baby doll during the trek, and then at certain points they were told their "child" had died and they had to go bury it off the trail. I thought that was a little weird.

 

But no fake prayers or fasting.

 

To me it sounds like a little much.  That illustrates what I was talking about in the "just like the pioneers felt".  No way burying a doll can any where near approximate burying your child.  That must have been concocted by someone who has not experienced the loss of a child, no matter when.  I find it offensive.

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Back in 2007, the youth in my stake went on a trek.  While it seemed to be an overall positive experience, one aspect of the event was to have some of the young women care for a baby doll during the trek, and then at certain points they were told their "child" had died and they had to go bury it off the trail. I thought that was a little weird.

 

But no fake prayers or fasting.

I've heard from more than one source of that having happened during treks at Martin's Cove. One person I talked to said it didn't work for her stake's trek. Some of the youth began using the baby doll as a football. Obviously, they felt no attachment to it when the time came for the doll to "die."

 

On the trek I observed at Martin's Cove, they didn't do the baby doll thing, so perhaps this has been discontinued.

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I've heard from more than one source of that having happened during treks at Martin's Cove. One person I talked to said it didn't work for her stake's trek. Some of the youth began using the baby doll as a football. Obviously, they felt no attachment to it when the time came for the doll to "die."

 

On the trek I observed at Martin's Cove, they didn't do the baby doll thing, so perhaps this has been discontinued.

 

I certainly hope so.

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I don't know the answer to the OP, so I hope this won't be considered irrelevant.  I was very moved by this, Garden Girl.  Thank you! I think perhaps whether one has ancestors who crossed the plains affects one's perspective of the utility of such activities.  I do have ancestors who crossed the plains with handcarts, so it was more significant to me than perhaps it might be to others.  

 

I, too, have a great-great grandmother who came by handcart after coming in by ship from Sweden.  My grandmother told the story of her grandmotther who walked and walked...barefeet often.  It is also a story of how they had not expected that they would have to do this and had thought where they would land would be the land of milk and honey,  I admire them..love them...and hope that they will still embrace me.

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