Macksene affirmed that with the challenge to adapt the original script for The Mormon Miracle into pageant form, she knew she was inspired of the Lord.
Her rich ancestral heritage can be traced back to Hyrum Smith, early patriarch and brother to the Prophet Joseph Smith, who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Both by training and natural ability, Macksene was particularly adapted to revise the pageant. She has done extensive work in drama production in Wisconsin; New York; Los Angeles; Banff, Canada; and in Claremont, California. Formerly a consultant to the U .S. office of Education, she produced and directed the first dramatic presentation to go out over Educational television (channel 28) in Southern California.
Macksene passed away in 1998.