Gingerbread exhibit draws hundreds to visitors center

Another Christmas season unfolded at the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors Center as the Gingerbread Extravaganza II drew crowds from throughout the area.

The gingerbread exhibit, which went on display on Thanksgiving Day, included creations of every size and style, said Elder R. K. Olsen, director of the visitors center. Included in the exhibit were various styles of gingerbread cottages, a gingerbread Christmas tree and a gingerbread replica of the Idaho Falls Temple decorated with white frosting."Last year there were 150 creations and this year we had 200," he continued. "Not only were we up on entries, but also the number of people attending was up. On the average, there were 916 visitors per day. The video of Luke chapter two, "The Birth of the Savior," was viewed with enthusiasm."

A number of comments from visitors this year, Elder Olsen related, include: "This is the third time back to visit. I keep bringing more people back with me. It's so great. I love it." "The exhibit is beautiful and outstanding. Words cannot express the feeling of awe. So much talent displayed and ideas unlimited."

Elder Olsen, who serves with his wife, Fay, added, "If the smiles and delight on the faces of the people are any indication what this holiday will be, the spirit of Christmas is truly in their hearts."

The gingerbread exhibit was on display until Dec. 20.