‘Mormon Land’: As Manti’s Miracle Pageant ends, historian looks back at a show that started small, dreamed big and united a Utah town for 52 years

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Angels above the wall, near the Manti Temple, during the Mormon Miracle Pageant, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The final run for the pageant continues through Saturday, June 22.

For 52 years, the Mormon Miracle Pageant has been a dramatic staple in central Utah, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the grounds of the historic Manti Temple.

But come Saturday night, when the spotlight goes dark, it will mark the last time the pageant will ever light up the summertime night.

This week’s guest, Merilyn Jorgensen, sang in the choir at that first performance in 1967 and eventually became the official historian, even compiling a 600-page book about its history.

She discusses the pageant’s roots, its memorable moments, its evolution, the sadness of seeing it fade away, and the tiny “miracles” behind the Mormon Miracle Pageant.

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