We are privileged to be in England for the 100th anniversary of the first world war. The memorial events have been outstanding and emotional. The area office of the Church prepared a program to be given in each stake commemorating the Christmas truce that happened on Christmas in 1914 on the lines between the England and German soldiers. Visit http://christmas-truce.com/ to see the video and learn more about it.
Children were given a British flag and visiting dignitaries participated in the program. There was also a real-life Nativity scene with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. There were readings and musical items along with carol singing by the audience.
During the presentations, eight of our teenagers, dressed in uniforms or as nurses, placed photographs of church members’ family who served in WWI on a giant 16-foot Christmas tree.
This picture shows Gary and Jake Davey; Gary is the high councilman over Young Single Adults in our stake; Jake is his youngest brother. Another brother Elliott is serving his mission in Australia (he left two weeks before we arrived and will return two weeks after we leave). Overall it was a very moving programme and we were thankful to participate in the choir (dressed in period costume).
We wish every a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. We are grateful for our Saviour, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. We love you all!