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Latter-day Saints display Nativity scenes for public

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aim to again spread holiday cheer through their second seasonal Nativity display.

The event, scheduled for next week, will feature Nativity scenes of various sizes and designs for the public to view.

"I just think it's great as a community to join together at the beginning of the season," organizer Coleen Fenton said.

Last year's participation included a surprising 110 Nativity scenes, Fenton said. She said she expects many more this year.

In addition to last year's Nativity sets from Madagascar and the Holy Land, she said some new attractions include metal sets and heirloom pieces.

"We just have a lot of different ones," Fenton said.

She said she got the idea for the event from a Provo, Utah group, which began displaying Nativity sets. The event grew to a yearly tradition.

Fenton said she hopes the event grows each year to include more members of the community.

The Nativity scenes will be on exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church. Entrance is through the north door. The church is at Ninth Street and Finley Lane.

Fenton emphasized that the event is free of charge and open to the community, regardless of religious beliefs.

"Just come and start out the Christmas season with us," she said.

Those interested in having their Nativity sets on display should contact Fenton at 824-9638.

"It's important to me that we all start out together as a community recognizing the savior," Fenton said. "Any Nativity brings that sacredness of the season."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or by email at mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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