Manti Pageant - Part 2 of 4
to the free brochure handed out to all guests at the pageant, The
Mormon Miracle Pageant is based on 3 intertwined stories: Joseph Smnith
and the Restoration, the coming forth and message of the Book of
Mormon, and the pioneer trek west to Utah.
I went out to see them
setup before dark fell and the show began. Each year, volunteers
bring in 8 semi-trailer loads of gear for the presentation.
Props are set up on
temple hill near the south side where there's an ample lawn to set up
People wait for the gates
to open. Gates are open a couple of hours before showtime.
People bring blankets or other personal items and place them on the
chairs they want to sit in, then they walk away. The thousands of
other guests honor these "seats taken" and sit elsewhere when it comes
time to take their seats prior to the show.
This year I was told
there were fewer seats. Last year they set up folding chairs for
These two kindly ushers
answered all my questions about the pageant and offered helpful hints.
If there were less than
17,000 this year, you couldn't prove it by me. That's a LOT of
A good friend and fellow
missionary, Elder Wolff, granted me permission to use his panoramic
photo of the seating.
Now, THIS is impressive isn't it! It gives a much better idea of
just how huge this show is.
These people are headed
toward temple hill to "mark their seats."
As we arrived, we began
to notice the many young actors and actresses mingling with the crowds.
Some represent early
Americans, some represent Native Americans.
I got my photo take with
this colonial character.
This young man played the
part of a young Joseph Smith.
These played the parts of
ancient American warriors.
And this young man played
the angel Moroni.
Guess who? More
And these are a couple of
early Americans who joined the church when it was first restored.
And these ...
Oooops! How'd that get in there?
I was told the program
had a cast of 600 members.
Make up and costumes were
all highly detailed. They had to be detailed for guests to tell
what they were from such a distance.
I couldn't help but
wonder if some of these young folks were sweethearts. Yeah, I
know. Too mushy!
But it was getting darker
and the props weren't completely set up yet.
We all waited patiently
for the leaders to offer the opening prayer and begin the show.
And the expected moment
The lights went up and
the show began.
Sound and effects used
some of the latest equipment.
The actors played their
parts flawlessly as the spotlights moved from scene to scene.
The angel Moroni appeared
to a young Joseph Smith. I still haven't figured out how they got
him standing in the air like that. Maybe he's balanced on a board
or something. Cool!
Battles between ancient
Americans were realistic.
And people gathering for
the major events of the show emphasized the songs they sang.
Pyrotechnics were used to
The most amazing
performance was the appearance of our Savior to the ancient Americans.
At the end, the show
concluded with concourses of angels singing from on high. What a
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