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See photos of the International Nativity Exhibit hosted at the Church’s London Hyde Park Chapel

Diplomats from 40 countries join Latter-day Saint leaders to kick off the month-long Christmas event

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Guests enjoy performances at an event launching the International Nativity Exhibit at Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, on Dec. 1, 2022.

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See photos of the International Nativity Exhibit hosted at the Church’s London Hyde Park Chapel

Diplomats from 40 countries join Latter-day Saint leaders to kick off the month-long Christmas event

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Guests enjoy performances at an event launching the International Nativity Exhibit at Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, on Dec. 1, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Diplomats from around the world have loaned Nativity sets from their countries to be displayed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ historic Hyde Park Chapel in London, England.

The month-long display began Dec. 1 with an evening of music and spiritual messages focused on Christmas and the hope of the season. Elder Hans T. Boom, General Authority Seventy and president of the Europe North Area, spoke to the audience of ambassadors, high commissioners, senior government representatives, faith leaders, academics and charity leaders from 40 countries. 

Acknowledging our life in “an increasingly polarized world,” Elder Boom emphasized Jesus Christ’s perfect pattern as the Prince of Peace. 

“In a conflicted world, we can make an impact,” he said. “As individuals, we can each make a difference. In our families and social relationships, we can seek reconciliation. In our civic and government roles, we can pursue a higher path.”

The ambassador of Honduras, H.E. Ivan Romero-Martinez, co-hosted the event, which included traditional folk dancing and singing from the Organization of Latin American Artists in the U.K, reported the Church’s United Kingdom Newsroom

Ambassador Romero-Martinez said, “We are honored to return to your building to host this year’s Nativity reception and open the Christmas season. Christmas is a very important holiday in Honduras and throughout Latin America. We are especially happy to have performers coming to celebrate our music and dance.”

The Nativity displays include a handmade set made from corn husks from Nicaragua’s ambassador, and a Nativity loaned from Poland’s embassy, which features the Wawel Dragon. Nativities from South Sudan, India, Ireland, Dominican Republic and others reflect the cultural heritage of the countries where they are from.

Elder Boom was joined by his wife, Sister Marjan Boom; Europe North Area first counselor and General Authority Seventy Elder Scott D. Whiting and his wife, Sister Jeri Whiting; and second counselor and Area Seventy Elder Alan T. Phillips and his wife, Sister Lindsey Phillips.

In his remarks, Elder Boom said that “we celebrate our diversity and we reflect on our common humanity,” emphasizing that “we’re all part of a wonderful global community.”

“Let’s do all we can to continue increasing cultural ties between peoples and bring light and understanding between nations, across nations, and into people’s hearts,” Elder Boom added. “We stand for religious understanding, tolerance and respect. In our diplomatic outreach efforts as a church, we want to be ‘Friends to All Nations.’”

The public can view the display at the London Hyde Park Visitors’ Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Dec. 30.

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A Nativity from the Dominican Republic on display at Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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Nativity from India on display in Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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Nativity from South Sudan on display in Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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Nativity from Ireland on display in Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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Nativity from Nicaragua on display in Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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Nativity from Honduras on display in Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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The International Nativity Exhibit at the Hyde Park Chapel in London, England, Dec. 1, 2022.

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