Religion: Pageant of the Tablets

The hill called Cumorah, situated near Palmyra, N.Y. (22 miles southeast of Rochester), is a holy place to the 1,500,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For three nights last week, the faithful and the curious gathered there in record numbers—some 135,000 in all—for the 17th Hill Cumorah Pageant, which depicts in dramatic terms the legendary origins of the Mormon faith.

These origins are enacted in 13 major scenes by 325 volunteer actors. Scene I shows Jesus telling of his "other sheep," the Mormons. In 600 B.C., they believe, a prophet called Lehi was told by God to...

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