My family went on a road trip for spring break last week. Six kids, two adults, one minivan, and about twenty hours of driving to and from the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. The canyon vistas were just as beautiful as I remembered from childhood, but a few moments of quiet contemplation at the rim were all we got of a typical Grand Canyon experience. And while we did enjoy the red rocks and blue, blue water at Lake Powell, there was no chance for cliff jumping or waterskiing.
In fact, when I look back on the weekend, I’m sure the most prominent memories will be running the rim trail in the dark, afraid that I might get attacked by a cougar or stumble and tumble over the edge, freezing for hours in the driving wind in the back of the motorboat, and picking at a particularly disgusting cafeteria dinner that resulted in a child being up all night with food poisoning. Does that make it a bad trip?
Not at all. We learn and become better, more empathetic people by getting off our couches and experiencing the vast world outside our doors, even if these journeys including some harrowing moments. In this month’s issue of Segullah, Natalie Johansen writes about an uncomfortable teaching appointment on her mission in Uruguay, which brought about a rare moment of connection with her companion in her essay “Interpreting the Lamb.” In “Crossing to Skye,” poet Melissa Dalton-Bradford writes about a Scottish ferry crossing in which the elements around her seemed more gray and ghostly than we commonly associate with our vacation destinations.
While neither of our authors writes about sunsets over the ocean and rainbows in these pieces, we do see how they are changed by the connections they make when they leave home and place themselves in unfamiliar and even uncomfortable situations.
Shelah Mastny Miner
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February 2014, no issue
April 2013 – Special Issue: 2013 Contest Winners
March 2013 – Special Issue: Mormonism and Disability
Featured Artist: Annie Henrie
Segullah Volume 9 Spring/Summer 2012
“Justice and Mercy”
Featured Artist: Amanda M. Smith
Featured artist: Cindy Ferguson
“Inside and Outside Marriage”
Featured artist: Maralise Petersen
Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff
“Gifts of the Spirit”
Featured artist: Leslie Graff
Featured artist: Lee Bennion
“Palette of Light”
Featured artist: Sharon Furner
“Roots and Branches”
Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici
Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen
Featured artist: Jamie Wayman
“Cleave Unto Charity”
Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall
“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”
“Corridors of Change”
Featured artist: Claire Ferguson
“The Measure of Creation”
Cover art by Victoria Holt