Crèche 'a gift to the community'

FRANKLIN, Idaho — Leah, Tessa, Julia and Amy Granadino, along with friend Izabel Ray, became part of a live Nativity scene at the "Night of Nativity," sponsored by the Franklin Idaho Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The two-day event featured a Christmas cantata, a community crèche exhibit and a musical program called "Touched by a Child, Touched by a King," celebrating the life of Jesus Christ.

More than 1,000 people enjoyed the exhibit of 228 Nativity scenes provided by members of the stake, from much-loved family Nativities to those collected from Mongolia, South Africa, Venice and Bolivia.

The cantata and exhibit featured 175 youths and 14 instrumentalists from the Franklin stake and was organized as a gift to the community, said stake president Reid Carlson.

"We felt like it would be a wonderful way to welcome in the Christmas season, and give the kids an opportunity to develop their talents and feel the spirit," he said. "Hopefully it will start a tradition that we can continue to do in the future."

— Necia P. Seamons

California Mormon's dog to compete

On Dec. 12-13, the best in the sport of purebred dogs will flock to Long Beach, Calif., to strut their stuff at the prestigious AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Long Beach resident and Mormon Tania Brodowski and her Labrador retriever, Rumble, will be among the contenders.

Rumble will compete against not only the top show dogs in the country, but also a slate of the finest specimens from around the world. The show airs on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Feb. 6, 2010, at 8 p.m. EST. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is the largest prize-money dog show in the world, with cash and prizes awarded totaling more than $225,000.

In celebration of the AKC's 125th Anniversary, the ninth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will waive the invitational format allowing all exhibitors to enter, and championship points will be awarded

For more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, see

— Denise New-Hamilton

Commemorative group elects officers

The Pioneer Research Group incorporated elected officers among the volunteers who have helped memorialize 20 Mormon pioneer sites in southwestern Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

The non-profit group plans to memorialize more pioneer towns, cemeteries, tabernacles and other sites established during the time early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in Missouri.

Gail Holmes, of Omaha, Neb., was elected president and Terry Latey, of Bellevue, Neb., was selected as treasurer. For more information, go to