Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hill Cumorah Pageant

Last weekend we had the great opportunity to attend the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, NY. It is a huge live outdoor production depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon. We had such a great time! About 600 people are involved in putting on this huge show, which is performed free of charge and open to the public for seven nights every July. The pageant has been performed on that same spot since the 1930's, and they estimate that 100,000 people will attend this year.
The show was fantastic, the effects and costumes were amazing, and the message was inspiring. All four of my kids were riveted to it, and that is saying a lot! Probably because there were a lot of swords, fire, and action! It was so awesome for my kids to see Book of Mormon stories come to life. Their favorite primary song lately is Scripture Power! so I think the timing was perfect.
We camped in a beautiful spot with a pretty lazy river down the hill and a nice pool where we spent Saturday afternoon. We had a fun time shopping in the super-cute town of Palmyra with it's adorable little antiques and gift shops and old bookstores, and of course eating burgers and shakes at Ward's! The weather cooperated other than Saturday morning when it poured rain, but was perfect by Pageant time in the evening.
I think a yearly visit will become a new family tradition. Hope you are enjoying your summer adventures too.

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