Two Valencia County men made the religious journey so many people seek on Tome Hill accessible to everyone.
“One morning in December I got up and said I’m going to build the Ten Commandments,” said Tome resident, Juan Aragon.
Aragon first called his good friend, Eddie Silva.
“I thought that was a great idea,” said Silva.
The two friends reached out to Belen company, Sisneros Brothers Manufacturing, to help turn their idea into a reality.
“It was kinda scary because we didn’t know if we could do it or not,” said Martin Sisneros, co-owner of Sisneros Brothers.
But, Sisneros and his team prevailed. They used a brand new and high-tech laser to carve the ancient biblical laws into sheets of metal.
“We couldn’t wait for them to see it and he was super excited,” said Sisneros.
Aragon and Silva’s original plan was to put the metal monuments at the top of Tome Hill next to the three crosses.
However, the 3-foot tall metal sheets proved too heavy for any group of men to carry.
“We were going to carry these to the top of the hill but we would’ve never made it. It’s too rough for us,” said Silva.
So, they decided to put the monuments at the foot of the hill. Which, they say must have been God’s plan.
“It’s a rough, rough hill and a lot of people don’t climb so they just go to the bottom there and say their prayers,” said Silva.
Aragon and Silva finished installing the Ten Commandments on the base of the hill just before Good Friday, a day when thousands of people hike the hill every year to pray at the crosses.
“They were amazed you know, they hadn’t seen it before. They loved the spot they loved everything on it,” said Aragon.
Aragon and Silva hope people use the Commandments as a place to stop and pray or just as a pit stop on their journey to the top of the hill.
“They belong right there on Tome Hill,” said Aragon.
The Ten Commandments are the first permanent structure to be added to Tome Hill since the 1940s when the last cross was added at the top.
Sisneros Brothers donated their equipment and labor, giving the monument to Aragon and Silva free of charge.