Thousands gathered in Old Town San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 29, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon Battalion in San Diego.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Latter-day Saints today can take courage in the battalion’s example.
Church News video, titled “Faith-Filled Action,” highlights images from a commemorative program honoring the more than 500 men and women who, at the request of the United States government and with the encouragement of the Prophet Brigham Young, made the grueling march from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego, California, in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.
The video features interviews with Elder Christofferson and the leaders of the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, President Brent L. Top and Sister Wendy C. Top.
“I salute them, the members of the Mormon Battalion, for a tremendous model of faith-filled and faith-based action,” Elder Christofferson said.