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Australian Latter-day Saint Temple Draws Visitors to Christmas Lights

Thousands of lights adorn the grounds of the Sydney Australia Temple during the holiday season. Similar to lighting displays at other temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the presentation also features life-size nativity characters and an art show. The collection of paintings in the show chronicles the life of Jesus Christ from birth to resurrection, a story that is particularly interesting to individuals of the many non-Christian faiths who reside in Sydney.

Christmas lighting displays are uncommon in Australian culture, so the staging at the temple provides a unique means of celebrating the holiday for thousands of residents, according to Alan Wakeley, country director of Public Affairs for the Latter-day Saints.

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