What is the Hill Cumorah Pageant?
The Hill Cumorah Pageant-"America's Witness for Christ" is the world's largest outdoor drama, and is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is located near Palmyra, NY on Highway 21, two miles north of Thruway exit 43.
The Pageant is put together by over 600 volunteers who devote their time and money. Since the Pageant is put on by volunteers the parking, admission, and seating for 9000 is free. Food is also available from vendors.
The Hill Cumorah Pageant is based on the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
A brief overview of the Hill Cumorah Pageant:
- The Book of Mormon begins in Jerusalem 600 years before the birth of Christ.
- The Lord commands a prophet to escape the destruction of Jerusalem by taking his family into the wilderness.
- Eventually this small group builds a ship and sails to Ancient America where they establish a great civilization. The Pageant tells the story of these people as recorded in the Book of Mormon.
- The crowning event of the Pageant, and the Book of Mormon, is when the resurrected Christ appears to the inhabitants of the American continent, and establishes his church, after his ministry and crucifixion in Jerusalem.
- Later a prophet named Mormon condensed the history of these people, and recorded it on metal plates. He then gave these plates to his son, Moroni, who completes the task and buries them in the Hill Cumorah, the very hill where the Pageant is performed.
- The Pageant ends with the coming forth of this ancient record through a modern day prophet named Joseph Smith. This record is known as the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The narrator also leaves his testimony, which goes something like this: "After all the testimonies which have been given of Him, this is the testimony last of all which we give of him; that He lives."
- "The Savior will return. Soon He will be here."