San Manuel, AZ- When Dorothy Staggs and organizers of the San Manuel Tri-Community Creche/Nativity Display began asking for community members to let them borrow their Creche Displays for a four-day Community Creche showing, they quickly began receiving calls. They collected 682 unique and diverse displays from around the world made from different materials such as clay, ceramics, tapestries, glass and even Popsicle sticks.
One lady called and said she had a collection of displays she would like exhibited, but she wanted her name displayed as well. When the organizers politely explained that they did not put any names on any of the displays, the lady decided she didn’t want her collection displayed. A few days later, she called again and said she had a change of heart and would like her items displayed, but she would come and set up the display all on her own table. The organizers explained that they spent several days setting up the entire display and they would probably not be able to meet her request. The lady decided again that she would not enter her displays. A few days later she called back and reluctantly said she wanted her items displayed and they coordinators could display them however they wanted.
When this lady walked into the cultural hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Manuel where all 682 Nativity sets were on display, she turned to the event organizer, Dorothy Staggs, and said, “I get it. It is all about Him, not about us.”
During the four day event held December 4-7, over 500 visitors were able to enjoy the display and usher in the Christmas season with this Christ-centered activity. This year, the second year for the event, local churches encouraged their members to attend, and volunteer as guides and ushers for the event. The message of the Savior is one of peace on earth and good will toward men. This event united a copper-mining area, that has in recent years been economically depressed, to come together, rallying around the things they have in common, a love of the Savior and good will toward men.
You can read the Copper Area News story on the event here.