Will 'Mormon Moment' boost attendance at Hill Cumorah Pageant?

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  • plcowles NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    July 9, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Southernmiss HATTIESBURG, MS
    July 9, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    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!

  • Rocketman Sausalito, CA
    July 9, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    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.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    July 9, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Any publicity is good publicity as long as the spell your name right.

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    July 9, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 9, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    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.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    July 8, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    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.