The Hill Cumorah Pageant is one of the biggest and longest-running Church pageants in the world. To pull off a production this size with only a few days of rehearsal requires the combined efforts of over 800 cast and staff members. What was it like being one small part of this incredible experience? Keep reading to find out!
This year, while most Americans were sleeping, I was excitedly boarding a 1:00 a.m. flight. After one layover in Atlanta, Georgia, I would be landing in Rochester, New York, at around 11:00 a.m. local time before loading onto a bus with a handful of other weary but eager travelers destined for the Hill Cumorah in Palmyra.
Though many Mormons have heard of the Hill Cumorah Pageant – the enormous annual production presenting stories from the Book of Mormon and loaded with special effects like volcanoes, storms, and pillars of fire – few probably realize the short amount of time and the incredible amount of work and sacrifice required to put the show on each year. The experience really starts when applications and bishop’s recommendations are submitted in September, a year before. From there, each of the thousands of applications are read and prayed over, and the final cast is selected and notified by December.
Seven months later, on the afternoon of July 4th, I and nearly all of the 735 cast members have arrived by plane, train, or camper at the hill where everyone enjoys some dinner before the welcome devotional. Immediately after the devotional, casting begins. The women are cast first, followed by the men. Each group follows instructions to dance, recite a line, or show a certain emotion until everyone has their own special role assigned to them.
What do an NFL quarterback, a heart surgeon, and a four-star general all have in common? They're all now LDS general authorities!
One of the most beautiful things about the LDS Church is how it brings people together from different backgrounds, and the pasts of the Brethren leading this church are no different. Find out what unique jobs some general authorities have held before they were called to serve.
Giff Nielsen, number 14, playing for the Houston Oilers. Photo from blog.chron.com
Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the First Quorum of the Seventy was a third-round pick in the NFL draft in 1978. He was selected by the Houston Oilers.
During the first three years of his NFL career, Nielsen's team was relatively successful. However, after he experienced two shoulder injuries, the fans blamed him for their team's failure, and he retired after a short six-year career in the NFL.
If you are "as the army of Helium" or if you're a child of God with "parents kind of weird," you might have misheard a hymn lyric. Check out our list of these and other hilariously mistaken hymn lyrics.
In most cases, the contents of Church songs are no laughing matter, but... did someone just sing about a badger and a squirrel? And I swear I heard "carrots" mentioned in the rest hymn. If you've ever heard something not quite right about a hymn's lyrics, you're not alone. Some of these funny mis-hearings come from kids and some are from adults, but they're all pretty darn funny:
Come, come ye saints! No toilet paper here!
From Come, Come Ye Saints
Put your shoulder to the wheel, push along. If the wheel goes in reverse, you won't live long!
From Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel
High on the mountain top, a badger ate a squirrel.
From High on a Mountain Top
My Country 'tis of thee sweet land of liberty, a flea I see.
From My Country 'tis of Thee
We thank thee, oh God, for a profit.
Sometimes called "the businessman's hymn"
From We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
How late thou art!
From How Great Thou Art!
How great cows are!
From How Great Thou Art!
In our culture, food is everywhere--at ward potlucks, after firesides, and at nearly every Church activity. So the question arises: is food the Mormon vice?
My name’s Jenny. I’m a Mormon. And I’m a chocoholic.
Let me tell you a story. From ages 11 to 22, I could have been classified as overweight. To be fair, I’m rather tall, so a lot of people never thought of me that way, but it was still true. And I can tell you right now why I was overweight: I love food! It’s still a love that I can’t resist. Basically I know that I will always have at least two things in my life: the gospel and a sweet-tooth.
But lately I’ve been pondering about my love of food—and I realized I’m not the only person out there who struggles with this. For some people, food is no big deal. For others (like me), it’s the biggest trial of their life. We Mormons are no different. We’re commanded to live the Word of Wisdom, and the commandment is pretty black and white about some things. No alcohol. No coffee. No tobacco. No tea. But it’s not completely black and white on everything. For example, there’s no specific part of the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants that tells me I can’t eat an entire pan of brownies. So is it ok if I do? (I confess nothing…)
If we have such good direction from the Lord on what we should put into our bodies, why does food often seem to be the vice for many of us Mormons? (Myself included.) It’s a question I really am curious about. Of course I don’t have the perfect answer, but I have a few theories:
Happy Pioneer Day! No matter where you live, you can celebrate the pioneers' sacrifice by learning more about them. Start out with this quiz! Click through the pages to find out the answer to each question!