‘And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ Matthew 16:18
This is one of the top reasons why I left my heritage. I can still see the words on the pages of my Bible as I read what Jesus had to say when I was all of ten years old. It was then that I began praying for Jesus to send Christians to Utah. Today each time I speak at a church, the very first thing I bring up is the miracle my eyes are beholding as I scan over the audience.
Each Christian is walking proof Joseph Smith lied.
Every summer for the past 40+ years, the LDS Church has hosted Broadway-type productions known as ‘pageants’ which are reenactments of key moments in Mormon history. One year (1997) even the famed Mormon, Donny Osmond, participated in the Palmyra production.
Their shows have become the yearly vacation for many as families pack up their cars, and head to one of the ‘sacred sites’ to see what took place in earlier times. To say they’re grandiose would be the understatement of the year. The Palmyra production alone requires more than 700 actors. Although other sites aren’t as showy, and with the Church’s downsizing of locations, they’re still the talk of the towns hosting them.
Until the latest modifications, recent pageants were held in Manti, Nauvoo, Palmyra, and Mesa, to name a few. In addition to those sites, they’ve also been held overseas in Lancashire, England.
As mentioned, the words of Jesus have been a constant reminder of Who He is, and the power He holds. As I grew into adulthood, and traveled the world, His words and those of the LDS Church laid heavy on my heart. Being a tour guide in Germany afforded me the opportunity to see Jesus’ promise in action.
‘And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.’ 2 Timothy 3:15
Everywhere I went, crosses dotted skylines of not just Germany, but other European countries as well. In three short years Kirk, and I put over 100,000 miles on our little European Ford Granada. Each cross I saw atop a church reminded me of Matthew 16:18 — and the ungodly declaration in 1 Nephi 14:10 —
‘And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.’
While my days of traveling to the pageants are behind me, the Lord allowed me to witness His promise in action through the tireless work of Christians today. One of our regular visitors to LAM heeded the Lord’s voice and spent a few days witnessing to my people in Manti, Utah during the Manti Miracle Pageant.
From the reports this dear sister in the Lord sent, it was another proof of Joe Smith’s lies.
Chip Thompson from Tri-Grace Ministries in Utah, said that more than 400 Christian missionaries turned out to witness to Mormons at Manti! In addition to Tri-Grace Ministries, the faithful ministry of Rob Sivulka with Courageous Christians also played an important part in planting seeds and watching people accept the Real Jesus of the Bible. No doubt there are many other churches and ministries that reached out in addition to the two mentioned here.
I’m praising Jesus for His faithfulness in sending so many Christians and ministries to my beloved Utah. I can’t help but fall to my knees in awe and gratefulness for His love and provision.
Please, continue to pray for those who confessed Jesus, and especially for the workers in the field!
With Love in Christ;