Church News: About the cover

Keith A. Sears, patriarch in the San Diego California East Stake, is a long-time member and past division commander of Mormon Battalion Inc., a group that works to keep alive the memory of the original 1846-47 Mormon Battalion.

Sears and many others in the battalion are descendants of the 500 men who marched 2,000 miles across some of the most desolate desert areas of the Southwest. Some of the Battalion's most significant contributions were made in the San Diego area, where, thanks to the efforts of modern battalion members, those contributions are now being appreciated more. See page 4 for the story.