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Church Closing Hill Cumorah Pageant, Re-examining 6 Others

On Saturday the Church made an announcement discouraging pageants. Find out what will happen to the seven Church pageants around the world.

The Hill Cumorah Pageant of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will cease its 81-year run after its 2020 season.

That announcement was issued Saturday, hours after the church issued a statement saying such pageants are now "discouraged."

The church said there will be changes to local celebrations, including pageants, explaining that "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," reads the official statement from the church. "Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged."

Pageant officials with the annual Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti said Saturday they anticipate the shows will likely go on but with some changes. 

Story by Art Raymond, lead image from Deseret News archives
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