This morning's Deseret News from Salt Lake City includes a bizarre holiday tale-a man recalling the time his father played Mary in an Idaho Christmas pageant.
The first-person memory was penned by Kurt Manwaring and recounts an incident when the high priests group of the Pocatello, Idaho, Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was having a hard time finding someone to portray Mary in their re-creation of the Nativity.
"The girls were all afraid to ride the donkey," wrote Manwaring. "To this day, very few people know the young girl on the donkey that night wasn't actually a girl-it was my father (back when he was 12). The story never ceases to find its way into our Christmas traditions."
Manwaring said its a family tradition each year to have his dad tell the story of how he played Mary.