Monday, June 28, 2010

Manti & Miracles

This past weekend Casey and I decided to go watch the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah.  He had never seen the production before and I am pretty sure the last time I saw it, I was in high school with my ward's youth conference. 
We were able to go inside and do work for some of our ancestors.  I have decided the biggest blessing in my life is to be worthy to attend the temple, no matter where we are traveling.  All of the temples perform the same work inside however, they do not all look the same.  This temple was built by the pioneers and is *GORGEOUS*!!!!  Seriously!  It still looks like pioneer times too.  If anyone reading my blog has not been to this temple, highly recommended!!!
For dinner, we went back to Ephraim and ate at Fat Jack's Pizza.  Probably some of the best pizza I have ever had.  Unfortunately, because it is so delicious (and greasy--the real reason!) Casey had heartburn.  I am truly grateful to live in a day with modern conveniences (such as medicine and air conditioning!)  I was nervous going back down to Sanpete Valley because I hadn't been there for a while but it worked out very well.
We forgot our camera inside the temple.  In any other temple, we would have simply gone back in, shown them our recommend and gotten it.  However, the temple closed as we were leaving in order to prepare for the pageant.  So we called and arranged to have the camera taken to the east side so we could pick it up after dinner.  We had problems convincing the security guard of this because by the time we arrived back in Manti, only people performing in the pageant were allowed on the upper part of the temple grounds.  Finally after insisting (and begging) we were granted access to get our camera back.  This in and of itself was a miracle for us.  I really did not want to have to drive back down there this week to go get it!!
While we were waiting for the pageant to start, Casey worked on writing his English paper.  But we were also able to meet some of the cast members.  I have no idea who any of these people are but all of them agreed for me to post their pictures to our blog! :)
The Lamanite (on my right) has super cool makeup!  But since it was dark and they were up on the temple hill (we even had close seats) we couldn't see any of the painting details during the show.
Ignore the "sun" glow.  As soon as it began to get dark, they turned on these super bright spotlights.  The temple was still beautiful though! :)  And while we were waiting for it to start, the kids both in front and behind us were very comical!!!  The ones in front were wild, crazy and violent--made me question the parenting style.  The ones behind were trying desperately hard to see and kept kicking our chairs.
This was right before the pageant started and after the spotlight was dimmed.  I *love* it!  
We really enjoyed going together and experiencing our own many miracles!  I even learned that Casey's lap makes a great pillow! LoL!

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