What is there to gain from a pioneer trek?

Zandra Vranes was skeptical at first when she was asked to help her church’s youth reenact the Mormon pioneers’ journey across the plains. But walking in the footsteps of one particular Latter Day Saint woman helped change her thinking.

Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes are popular multimedia personalities and the authors of SISTASinZION.com. Known on Sistas in Zion as “Sista Beehive” and “Sista Laurel,” the duo also hosts a weekly online radio program, Sistas in Zion Radio. Their media entity, which focuses on humorous aspects of faith and Mormon culture, seeks to uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue. Their lives are blessed by amazing family and friends. Tamu enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their six wonderful kids. Zandra loves getting together with family and spending time with her husband. Tamu and Zandra are co-authors of Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons.