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Creche exhibit becomes community event in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Members of the Arlington Texas Stake displayed more than 700 Nativity sets here Dec. 4-5.

The majority of the exhibit — 331 Nativities — came from the personal collection of Faye Landham, a Southern Baptist. She offered to display the sets after reading about the annual LDS exhibit four years ago in a local newspaper — and has participated in the stake's creche display ever since.

"She has always displayed [her Nativities] at home for her friends and neighbors," said Linda Grimmett, who coordinates the annual event for her stake. "This gave her the opportunity to display her collection for the community."

More than 2,500 people attended the two-day exhibit. Sister Grimmett, a member of the Arlington 2nd Ward, estimated that at least 75 percent of the visitors were members of other churches. "We have been working very hard to get the community to come in and be a part of it" she said.

Sister Grimmett explained that one way the community has been involved is through music. During the event, 35 musical groups, including choirs from the three local high schools, performed. The St. Albans Episcopal Bell Choir, Arlington's Good Times (barbershop) Chorus and the Evening Song Choir of Dallas also performed.

Visitors who attended the exhibit could listen to the Christmas music while viewing the hundreds of creches.

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