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Later this week, Mormon pioneers will be coming to Bradfordsville.
From July 11-13, more than 100 youth and 40 adults from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Marion, Jefferson and Oldham counties will participate in a re-enactment of the Mormon pioneers 1840s migration to the Salt Lake Valley.
“They are going to be pulling hand-carts for quite a few miles,” said Julie Cluff, the director of public affairs for the Crestwood Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cluff said they will arrive in the Bradfordsville area Thursday, and they will camp on a nearby farm. After a religious service Friday morning, they will be doing community service at the old Bradfordsville School and the David Hourigan Field at the Bradfordsville city park.
The Mormon pioneers who migrated to Salt Lake Valley actually started in Illinois. However, Cluff said they decided to bring the re-enactment to Bradfordsville because that was the home of the first Mormon congregation in Kentucky in 1897.
The Marion County congregation is now located in Lebanon and includes 232 members. Statewide, the church has more than 32,000 members.