I think it is a terrible decision and yet another example of moving awaynfrom
all thatnis unique in our church. Mormon Tabernacle changed etc. I wonder when
the Book of Mormon will be changed to get away from the disliked
'Mormon'. I am proud to be known by that name. Bring back the pageants
Sad deal. I don't even hardly recognize our church anymore.
I agree about the traffic problems following the show. I found that heading
south towards I70 made for a much quicker route to I-15 after a few shows. IMO
the traffic following a stadium of fire show was much, much worse, when parking
near the Marriott center. It's sad to see the show end.
I've got a lot of family and friends who live in that area who have enjoyed
participating over the years, and the local wards benefited from the pre-show
turkey dinners.It seems like a lot of the fun activities
traditionally associated with the church are disappearing.
@Packers and Bachelor of ScienceThe church is not moving away from
the historical aspect of the Book of Mormon. Far from it. I've heard
people speculate this is the case with ending the pageants. One only need to
read the new church history book "Saints" to know that the church is not
shying away from proclaiming the truth and historicity of the Book of Mormon.From a more secular point of view, new technologies are causing
researchers to rethink what they once "knew" about ancient civilizations
in the Americas. There is a great article on National Geographic.com that
details what scientist discovered in the Guatemalan jungle with the help of
LIDAR. The article is entitled: " Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya
"Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle: A vast, interconnected network
of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought."
It is well worth the read. It certainly proves nothing about the Book of
Mormon, but it does prove that we don't know as much as we thought we did
about the ancient civilizations of the Americas.
The pageant is great. It is put on by thousands of volunteers. It is free,
wholesome entertainment for the whole family. It harkens back to an earlier
era, and the people who settled and help create the state we live in. It also
shows the religious beliefs of those people. Its a terrific experience, you
should go if you haven’t seen it. Its fun. I am sad to see it go. I
think its a mistake to cancel it. I want to personally thank all the volunteers
that have worked so hard over the years to put on the pageant.
I'm so excited to go this year. I've seen it once, with a youth
conference group (chaperone) and my daughter remembers going to see it with her
dad, when she was little. Now, her and I are going and will be working to
create some special memories for her and I. She has told me how important it is
to sleep in a tent, eat the dinner in the park, and sit on a blanket on the
hill. For me, I get to spend two days with my daughter, full of nostalgia. I
don't care how professional vs. cheesy the production is. Those memories
will make it all worth it for us.
I've seen it 2-3 times and really enjoyed it. We are planning on going
this year. It has been a wonderful pageant. For the naysayers, it's done
by locals and amateurs, if you are expecting a Professional Broadway Production,
you will be disappointed. If you remember, it's a local amateur
production, you should enjoy it as such.
@ packers I was thinking the same thing. I think these pageants
raise a lot of questions about the history of the Book of Mormon. With the Church going to a more spiritual position than a historical one on
the Book of Mormon, the decision to be done with these pageants makes sense.
Manti is going to miss the money the visitors brought each year
I saw the pageant twice, in 1977 and 1985. The thing I remember most was
driving from Provo to Manti (and back) in 1977 with my brother, sister-in-law,
and nephew. My brother was so frustrated with the traffic on the return drive
that he drove most of the way in the oncoming (left) lane, pulling over only
when he saw approaching headlights. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so
The best part of it was that it brought many in the community together. Put
efforts now into local celebration events and that can continue.
Many years ago I attended this pageant and felt embarrassed as well as
uncomfortable, to be very polite. However, the Choir on Temple Square does a
@BuncaYou're not alone. I couldn't agree more. A few years
ago we took the ward's YM/YW to the Manti pageant and I thought it was very
awkward and embarrassing. Not to mention all the antis picketing on the way in.
Afterwards all the leaders unanimously agreed that we shouldn't have gone.
What’s next on the shutdown docket? The Book of Mormon play? : -)
I’ve been probably 6-7 times and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m planning
on going one last time.
I am going to be blunt - I am sure it brought in a lot of tourism and money to
Manti and the surrounding area, but I went to the pageant once and would never
go again. I was totally underwhelmed and a bit embarrassed by the low quality
of it all. That was 20 years ago, so maybe things have changed, but maybe not
and maybe that is why they didn't want to continue it any longer. Then
after watching it, it took us at least 2 - 3 hours just to get out of Manti - we
sat in a nonmoivng line of cars for what seemed like forever. Not a fun
experience with several young children with us. Again, maybe they got the whole
traffic thing under control better from when I was there last, but the whole
experience was not really worth it.
Why aren't the doing the pageant any more?