Amid LDS pageantry, a respite from politics

Recommended by Emily Eeyring

Published: Monday, July 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Many aspects of the Latter-day Saint faith have been making headlines as Mitt Romney's candidacy draws attention to Mormonism. Yesterday, The New York Times shined a spotlight on the Hill Cumorah Pageant in a piece that focused on the 75-year history of the event and featured testimonies of pageant participants.

But this year, the first in which a Mormon, Mitt Romney, is the presumptive presidential nominee for a major political party, the pageant is for many Mormons a spiritual oasis from the outside world, a place removed from the din of politics.

While they are eager to talk about Scripture, the cast and the Mormon visitors here prefer not to talk about politics, in part because church elders, concerned about the religions nonprofit status, have firmly instructed church members to separate the sacred from the political, missionaries here said. Though support for Mr. Romney, a Republican, is strong, there are few Romney bumper stickers.

Read more about the Hill Cumorah Pageant on The New York Times.

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