Ellis Island Excursion
The air was cold and the water was choppy, but our spirits were high as we set out from Battery Park and ferried across the Upper Bay, through the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, and on to Ellis Island, where so many millions of courageous immigrants disembarked at the beginning of last century. The island may be small, but it was certainly of huge significance to these immigrants a hundred years ago and still is to their descendants today. As we toured the island, we stopped at various locations to learn about the immigration process and the incredible sacrifices made by immigrants of all backgrounds to reach the United States in the hopes of starting a better life. We read firsthand accounts of Mormon converts immigrating with their families from Europe, often enduring unimaginable hardship and rarely without the loss of life among loved ones. We were touched and inspired by their love for the Lord that propelled them through these trials.
ON YOUR OWN
If you'd like to take part in this week's MTC activity, then we invite you to read the following two firsthand accounts of Mormon immigrants: Peter Gottfredson and Hans Hansen. Think about what we can learn from their willingness to sacrifice for the sake of their faith. Feel free to share your experiences with as at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below!