LDS Church announces plan to scale back pageants

Thousands perform in the dress rehearsal for the Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

An October announcement that pageants produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be scaled back was updated Wednesday, with the final production year and plans for each of these traditional events.

According to the church statement, the following timelines are in place:

The Nauvoo Pageant will continue with support from church headquarters.

The Mesa Pageant will continue under area leadership in 2021, following the renovation of the Mesa Temple.

The British Pageant will continue every four years under area leadership. The next pageant will be in 2021.

The Hill Cumorah Pageant will end in 2020.

The Manti Pageant will end in 2019.

The Castle Valley Pageant is discontinued.

The Clarkston Pageant is discontinued.

The church statement said that because the church is growing across the earth, local leaders and members are being encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes by participating 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,” the church statement said. “Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.”

Church leaders in pageant cities met with community leaders to discuss in impact of the pageants on local economies and tourism, etc. The decisions to end, modify or continue the productions took these into consideration.

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