The article mentions implies that the LDS church may become more mainstream.
Actually the LDS will become less mainstream until there will be an entire
seperation of the Saints and the world. The Church will take certain positons,
not the least of which has already been pronounced in the Proclamation on the
Family on the subject of marriage between a man and wife. This will be in
direct opposition to what could be the law of the land. More things are coming
which will not be popular and most churches will not be as definitive in thier
oppostion to what is coming.
My family and I drove from Mississippi to attend the opening night of the
pageant Friday night. I had seen it as a teenager about 35 years ago and have
wanted to go back ever since. Unfortunately our 4 oldest children are grown and
gone, but we did take our 3 who are still at home. It was well worth the long
drive! Anyone who isn t a "believer" can still enjoy this amazing
production and learn alot about overcoming trials, gaining faith, and learning
about jesus christs' love for us! This pageant is a testament to him! We met
lots of people in palmyra who were not lds and they were all very positive about
the pageant. They like the commerce it brings into their town, and we also spoke
with some women in town who said they enjoyed meeting people from all over the
world. The people that sat around us at the pageant were there out of curiosity.
They had seen the play on broadway and wanted to see the churches
"version". All were such nice folks! Before you cast your negative
ballot, take a trip to see it!
The difficulty is that people in that region know the archeology and history of
the native people who lived there before. It would be like having a big pageant
in Tooele celebrating a vast, Roman-like civilization (with shields, swords,
helmets and an appearance from Jesus) when every one in the area knows that
there were Shoshones and other similar tribes in Tooele County. It must be a
disconcerting event for New Yorkers generally and especially for the posterity
of native peoples from that region.
Any publicity is good publicity as long as the spell your name right.
A big stage production isn't going to impress the scholars and archeologists,
the Biblical students or historians.Real history, real data and
accurate Christianity will. And those pamphlets were full of legitimate
questions for curious people.I kept mine. Asking a question does not make
you a hate monger any more than putting on a theatrical play will make your
story historical. No need to worry about becoming mainstream with thin-skins
who cannot abide "the scrutiny of the light of comparison to the
Bible"- Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses.
When I was at the pageant, hateful anti-Mormon groups stood just outside the
pageant handing out anti-Mormon tracts to the audience members as they left. It
was disgusting. I threw mine right back in their face. I hope that has
changed, but I doubt it.
I've never been big on pageants personally, but I doubt that there will be a
significant increase in attendance. Although I am happy to see the 'I am Mormon'
ad's that the Church has been publishing.
I know the pageant will make a better impression on people than the Book of
Mormon musical. When we went to see it, it was well organized and awonderful,
very impressive presentation. The acting, the lighting and special effects were
superb. I hope that the curious who attend it will be impressed by the spirit
which resides there.