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Plays, Nativities, carols, parades, devotionals

Church members in various parts of the world are involved in many activities this Christmas season, finding opportunities to give service and remember their Savior.

• In Grayling, Mich., Latter-day Saints decided to relay the Spirit of Christmas by presenting short plays at Grayling High School Dec. 13-14. Young men and young women performed the Christmas plays. Between the performances, Primary children sang. Local missionaries welcomed patrons at the door.

• Members of the Sikeston (Mo.) Ward hosted a Christmas Nativity scene exhibit titled "A Night in Bethlehem" Dec. 5, 6 and 7. For the event, more than 100 creches from many countries were displayed in the cultural hall. Invitations were delivered personally to city officials and community and religious leaders.

• About 1,600 people participated in a Christmas carol "sing-in," held Dec. 15 in the Church's Ogden (Utah) Tabernacle. Latter-day Saints participated in the program, giving brief stories and scriptures relating to the Christmas story.

• Church members in the Yuba City California Stake held Dec. 5-7 their fourth-annual creche exhibit, featuring 415 Nativity scenes. More than 1,500 people attended the three-day event.

• Achievement Day girls from the Medicine Lake Ward, Minneapolis Minnesota Stake, found a way to give to others this Christmas season, donating their hair to the "Locks of Love" organization. The non-profit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from hair loss. After learning about the organization last year, the girls decided they wanted to grow their hair long and then cut and donate it. Their good will has been contagious, as other girls in their ward and at school have seen what they have done and joined in the effort.

• Members of the Cape Coral Ward, Florida Fort Myers Stake, prepared 54 toy bears to give to Hope Hospice. Fourteen women participated in the Christmas service project.

• On Dec. 6-7, members of the Los Alamos Ward, Santa Fe New Mexico Stake, hosted their 9th annual creche display. The 200 creches represented Nativities from more than 30 countries.

• An interfaith program in Salem, Mass., concluded with Latter-day Saints presenting the Christmas story. Members of the Lynnfield Ward, Boston Massachusetts Stake, helped prepare the evening events and enjoyed meeting new friends from various faiths and learning of their Christmas traditions. Proceeds from the program benefited a local shelter for abused women and children.

• Jim and Diana Fergus of the Chula Vista 2nd Ward, Chula Vista California Stake, served as grand marshals for this year's Chula Vista Starlight Yule Parade Dec. 7.

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