After a month of whirlwind activities the Pageants concluded last night. So many amazing things have been going on - the Country Fair every night, the bagpipe band, vignettes in several locations, and of course the two magnificent pageants themselves.
The British Pageant (on Wednesdays & Fridays) helped me realize that when the Church was struggling to survive after Governor Bogg's extermination order from Missouri, Joseph Smith received a revelation to send all twelve apostles to Great Britain at the same time. Some were so sick they could hardly walk, but they went. Within a few months they converted nearly 8,000 saints, most of whom left their beloved native lands and came to Nauvoo. The British saints literally revived the Church.