What better way to celebrate pioneer day than a pioneer story about a gift from the Lord to the pioneers in 1855. What was the gift?
a. The dedication of the Provo Tabernacle
b. Sugar from the Poplar trees
c. A bumper crop year
d. Protection from the natives and the mobs
c. Named after the Ute Indians
In creating this territory in the Great Basin, the federal government not only rejected the plea of the pioneers for statehood, but they changed the name of Deseret to Utah. The latter name was not the choice of the pioneer settlers. They preferred Deseret, meaning “honeybee,” which was taken from one of their scriptures and was symbolical of their ideals—“industry and thrift.” Then why did Congress change the name to Utah? Probably the congressmen knew nothing of the word “Deseret” nor of its meaning; therefore, they named this western region after the Ute Indians who had resided here for ages. The Spaniards had called this region “Utah (Yuta),” and the trappers had called it “the land of the Utes.” Congress officially christened it “the Territory of Utah.”
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 95.