SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- A 50-year-old tradition, The Mormon Miracle Pageant, held annually in Manti is coming to an end, according to a statement released by church leaders.
In October The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that large productions such as pageants are discouraged:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.”
Tuesday Church officials announced the end several of their productions including the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, the Hill Cumorah Pageant, the Castle Valley Pageant, and Clarkston Pageant.
The Manti Pageant will end in 2019 and the Hill Cumorah Pageant will end in 2020.
Church officials said the Nauvoo Pageant will continue. The Mesa Pageant will continue in 2021 following the renovation of the Mesa Temple. The British Pageant will continue every four years with the next pageant scheduled for 2021.