Recently, at our morning family scripture study, we were discussing the adverse conditions that the Mormon pioneers suffered during the winter of 1846-1847. I was trying to help my four children understand the hardships that the early Saints endured, and pointed out that their situation was still not very good even after they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. I explained that many of the people did not have adequate housing, clothing, or food, and that they often went hungry.
My 13-year-old son, Dale, replied, "There are still hungry people in the world today, even in Utah." Just as I was feeling proud of him for his compassion, he continued, "The teenagers - they are always hungry."