A CHILD IS BORN
On Thursday December 11th and Friday December 12th the Palmyra Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will present a spiritual Christmas gift for the citizens of South Utah County, “Unto Us a Child Is Born”, a large Christmas Crèche exhibition which will feature nativity scenes and Christ centered artwork.
The nativities and artwork are being donated by the members of the six wards that comprise the Palmyra Stake.
A nativity scene takes its inspiration from the accounts of the birth of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 (a “living” one) intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Christ, having been inspired by his recent visit to the Holy Land where he had been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar pantomimes. By the end of the 19th century nativity scenes became popular beyond Catholic settings, and many versions of various sizes and in various materials such as terracotta, paper, wood, wax and ivory were marketed, often with a backdrop setting in the stable.
On exhibit will be nativity scenes from the very simple to the ornate from around the world. The scenes and artwork will occupy the entire LDS church building located at 353 East 400 North in Spanish Fork with a very large floor standing nativity scene in the cultural hall. The doors will open at 6 p.m. each night with the viewing hours concluding at 10 o’clock. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend this event.