Church members attended performances this summer in both Idaho Falls and Moscow, Idaho, honoring Joseph Smith.
The Idaho Falls Eagle Rock Stake paid tribute to early Church president through drama, performing the production "One Life: A Musical Story of the Prophet Joseph Smith."
The production premiered in Idaho Falls in May and was performed again July 21-23 at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, Idaho. An estimated 6,000 people saw the production, written by Ricks college graduates Becki Thompson-Duvall and Kari Skousen, with the help of Rachel Mecham Goates, Brian Jensen, and Arlen L. Card.
The production of this performance had a profound effect on the youth of the southeast Idaho region, especially those in the Eagle Rock Stake who performed in "One Life," said director Barbara Higgs.
"I have always known what Joseph Smith did, but now I know who Joseph Smith was and is," said Michelle Klingler.
In Moscow, more than 600 people attended three performances of a Moscow Idaho University Stake production, titled "My Servant Joseph," July 29-30.
Held in an outdoor theater adjacent to the Moscow Idaho University Stake Center, the Kenneth Cope musical drama was put on by 120 stake members, including Cary Cammack working as director, Dan Schoenberg as technical director, and Jeremy Foutch as choir director. Guests were invited to an open house/public tour of the stake center before each performance. When temperatures rose above 90 degrees July 30, the matinee performance was moved into the stake center.
"I think the whole evening was a great evening and a wonderful introduction for people who don't know anything about the Prophet Joseph Smith," said President Kevin Ludlow of the Spokane Washington Mission.