Mark: On a Mission…
Mission Focused Manti, Utah 2011
It was another crazy and amazing year on our mission trip to Manti, Utah for the annual Mormon Miracle Pageant.
Mormons from all over Utah and surrounding states travel to Manti to view a reenactment of Joseph Smith’s first vision and Book of
Mormon account of ancient America. This production is performed on the lawn of the Manti Temple and is produced by the local Mormon Church. Each evening, several hours prior to the start of the pageant performance, about 100 Christians from various church groups
throughout the United States hand out tracts, sing, pray, and share their faith with Mormons as they linger on the streets before going to
the pageant. There are about 8,000 to 15,000 Mormons that attend the pageant each night; most of them are teenagers and young adults. This is an awesome trip for Christians to share their faith with Mormons, whether it is one on one or in group settings. One night I had the privilege to talk to a fundamentalist Mormon named John for over two hours. We discussed so many things, from is Jesus
death totally sufficient for us to the nature of God and Jesus! One of the last things he said to me was “Your God is so big and mighty,
knowing all things, never sinning” Then he said that his God was just like us a man who was a sinner and progressed to becoming God as an example for us, an then we may become Gods ourselves some day! Wow! Is all I could say, besides that being total heresy.
Tami had the opportunity to talk to a polygamist family consisting of 30 kids and three wives for 5 days. Tami was selling aprons in the
food court area next to them and they had a lot to talk to her about. She prayed for them and was able to get to know them more and listen
their pain being kids in a polygamist family!
There were times of prayer and preaching and crying and sharing the true Gospel to the Mormon people. Countless stories could be told but here are just a few pictures of our trip.