Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bro. Gassaway's Testimony

I just wanted to say that being on work crew has been one of the best experiences of my life. Making new friends it was like a month long party, haha; It has been a good mission preparation experience as well. Being apart of the work crew has reaffirmed in my mind that the Lord is all about work. I was able to strengthen my testimony so much in the spirit and in Jesus Christ while at work crew, I really think that I grew there. I would recommend being on the work crew to anyone, it truly is a testimony building experience. I cant say that being on work crew has finally opened my eyes to the knowledge of Christ love because I already knew, but it most certainly helped me learn of his love for me even more. Working on the flight crew especially helped me to feel Christ's love. Every evening seeing Christ come down like that just made me want to go and share my Saviors love with everyone, I wanted to go shout it from the rooftops so that everyone would know Christ lives and he loves each and every one of us. I know that Jesus loves me, so much in fact he gave his life for me. I know Jesus lives with all my heart and I cannot deny it. I know that the work we were engaged in at work crew was definitely the Lords work and it can only be furthered one way.... Work. If ye have a desire to serve God you are called to the work. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

With love,
Brother Gassaway

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stage views and our fans

Pageant Cast Pictures

Final processional pose.
Destruction scene.
Christ visits the Americas.

News Article from Deseret News

Young men set stage at Hill Cumorah Pageant

By Wade Jewkes
Deseret NewsPublished: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2008

Since 1937, the Hill Cumorah Pageant has been presenting spectacular outdoor theater productions in Palmyra, N.Y.Each year seven shows are produced with smoke, flames and other special effects with magnificent props and backdrops in the outdoor setting on the slope of Hill Cumorah.The work crew responsible for setting this stage consists of 26 teen-age boys between the ages of 16 and 19 who arrive about two weeks before opening night and stay only about a week afterward to disassemble the entire production.For anyone who has attended this event, the first question that comes to mind is: How could these young kids pull this off? Especially with no experience.Perhaps much of the credit should go to Glen and Donna Krebs, who are in their third year as work crew leaders in charge of this team. Glen Krebs defers credit to the Lord when he explains: "We pray about all the applications and we select who the Lord wants."He said 55 applications were submitted this year and in previous years as many as 100. Four of the young men selected this year were returnees from last year.Ethan Call, of Colonia Juarez, Mexcio, explained why he returned for a second year: "I really enjoyed it the first year and I was planning my mission at the end of my freshman year at BYU. And this is great missionary preparation."He has already received his call to Panama and he cites the parallel missionary experience at Cumorah: "We are given companions," he said, "and we study every morning for about a half-hour." Subject material usually includes scriptures from the play, and they are given a "word for the day."Each of the 26 young men is individually set apart for this "calling." The meal routine includes singing a hymn and reciting the Joseph Smith quote on the "Standard of Truth."Before each performance, all the cast members -- including the young men from the work crew -- mingle in the crowd talking to the people and hoping to do missionary work."Last year I had a great experience," Call said. "There was a man from El Salvador who spoke no English and I was able to talk to him and make a referral." Because he grew up in the Mexican Colonies, he speaks fluent Spanish.Opportunities are provided to visit the Sacred Grove and see other historic Church sites in and around Palmyra.Donna Krebs takes on a role similar to a dorm mother. "It is like having a family, only multiplied. I put up a little job wheel."One youngster ran into a beam and she had to take him to a doctor where he received nine stitches. "My role," she said, "is to make sure they have a clean house and clean clothes and a full tummy."Hard work is part of the script for these teen-agers. The first task after they arrive is to find the holes for 300 posts and map corresponding measurements. After constructing the light towers, they are the ones who run the lights and special effects. And a few take part in the play where they construct Nephi's boat during the actual performance.More than 700 volunteers make up the cast and the work crew. None are paid. Back in the 1960s and '70s, about 90 percent of the participants were from Utah. Today, one official estimated that only about 40 percent were from Utah.Glen Krebs and his family, from Lexington, Ky., participated as cast members for several years before he became involved as a work crew leader. "The thing that was most meaningful to me," he said, "was seeing my family share testimony with the people."Now he wants to provide a similar experience for members of the work crew. "My goal is to try and provide as many opportunities to feel the spirit and build their testimonies."Jordan Hilton, an 18-year-old from Greensboro, N,C,, verified that Krebs' goal is working: "It is definitely a lot of hard work, but it is worth it."Call responded to the question of why a 16-year-old boy would want to do this: "It is a good experience to learn independence. It is a lot of hard work, but it is a lot of fun."Krebs said, "It's the best-kept secret in the church. It's better than youth conference or EFY."Email: is produced by the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah.It is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

NEW Work Crew Pics

Brother Hilton working on the high beam.
A silouette and the complex stage.
The boys and the big green machine.
Having fun at Hobart College.
Breaking the record - too bad it's not an Olympic event.

Brother Marchant's Testimony

Work Crew is the awesomest 4 weeks ever. Not only do you gain 25 best friends and 2 spectacular new parents, you also have loads of fun (imagine a fiesta almost every night), get used to the missionary lifestyle, and most importantly have a tremendously spiritual experience as you visit the sacred sites and learn from many amazing leaders. I know that the church is true and the only church led directly by our Heavenly Father. I know my Savior reigns and one day will reign in glory over the entire Earth when he comes again. I look forward to that day and know that my Work Crew experience helped me prepare to one day bow and bath his feet with my tears. I would challenge any worthy young man to pray if Work Crew is right for them so they too can become better prepared for that wonderful day.

Your Brother
in the Lord,

Brother Marchant

Monday, July 14, 2008

Work Crew Talent

This video was taken at the FHE talent show on Monday, July 14th. Everyone loves their work crew!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Work Crew Montage

These pictures are mostly of each work crew boy individually with Brother and Sister Krebs in front of the Palmyra Temple.

The stage is complete.

The 2008 work crew has had another busy week. The stage is complete and the boys have already started rehearsals with a cast of 720 members! Nowhere in this world does a cast this size put together a show as magnificant as the Hill Cumorah Pageant in six days. Come next Thursday, July 10th, we will have a dress rehearsal, and there will be several thousand people in the audience. The work crew finished the stage so quickly that on Saturday the 5th they actually ran out of things to do!
Twelve work crew are on the light towers and fourteen are on the ground crew. The ground crew does everything from moving props to setting off water cannons and fireballs. In the 75 seconds of the destruction scene, there are 55 special effects.

On Friday, July 4th, the work crew attended the temple and performed almost 400 baptisms. This is definitely a year for setting records!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

As you can see, the stage is almost complete. The cast will arrive Friday, July 4th, to be amazed by the boys handiwork. They will have finished in record time! [There was only one injury, and now the young man is feeling great and can brag about his 9 stitches forevermore.] It's been a wonderful experience!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

It's been a busy week for the 2008 work crew. Brother Krebs and his family got here Sunday night to set up camp and prepare for the boys. Dan Jones is the excellent work crew assistant this year(green hard hat below). The District leaders -Brothers Call, Hill, Thibaudeau, Stucki - arrived on Wednesday the 25th. They got right to business and built stage four as an example for the new work crew.

After two days of training, the DL's were ready to meet their new brothers. And they went to work...
The boys on the hill at sunset.

On the tractor - their main mode of transportation.

The empty hill.

At 2:00pm on Saturday the 28th.

At 3:00pm.
At 4:00pm.

At 5:00pm.

This is what happens when you forget your raingear. (Brother Jurgens, the technical director)

The work crew had the unique experience of being taught by President Uchtdorf for Sunday School on Sunday the 29th. It was a powerful and spiritual opportunity. The 2008 work crew is bound for a successful summer!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Welcome to the 2008 Hill Cumorah Pageant Work Crew!

Welcome to the 2008 Hill Cumorah Pageant Work Crew Blog!
We are thrilled to have your participation on the Work Crew this year!
This stage is half a football field on seven stages which you will assemble and disassemble! The stages rest on concrete footings and are linked by a grid work of aluminum beams, plat-formed with open waffle grids and front-surfaced with a molded fiber skin. The front stage is rigged with a ship's mast and sail using a counterbalance system.

Here is the scene where Christ visits the Americas. This is a very special moment in each of the seven Hill Cumorah Pageant performances.

Here we (Brother and Sister Krebs) are with the 2007 Work Crew.
Here is the 2007 Work Crew in front of the Palmyra Temple after completing baptisms.
Here we are with Brother Andy Adams of the 2007 Work Crew.

Here is our family as cast members in the 2004 Hill Cumorah Pageant.