A couple of months ago, Jonathan and I made our way back to Manti. The Manti Temple is by far my favorite pioneer temple. We started our day in the temple. I love how well the interior has been preserved. It truly feels like you are stepping into a different era. Though this time we went into the office and the computers and printers felt out of place. Even though we spent about 3 hours in the temple, we still had a lot of time before the pageant. So, we just enjoyed spending some time together wandering through town.
We still had time, so we got some dinner and got seats. It was so beautiful watching the color of the temple change as the sun was setting.
As it got darker, many of the cast members were wandering through the crowd. One of them stopped and shared a little of his experience of being part of the pageant. He was from the Jordan area, but his grandparents live in Manti. He told us about how amazing was that thousands of people pull together a few weeks every year to do the pageant. There is so much to be done and yet it always gets done. He also told us that the sets they use are also used in the Hill Comorah Pageant in New York.
Finally it was dark enough for the pageant to begin! It was powerful to see so many of the stories that I had heard throughout my life. From Joseph Smith's first vision to the stories in the Book of Mormon to the pioneers making their way to Utah.
I am so glad that we took the opportunity to go to the pageant. It was a unique way to experience the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.