The following was published in Times of San Diego. 

The gleaming rocket ships off Interstate 5 and Nobel Drive are especially enchanting this time of year. Particularly the pristine gardens at their base.

Perhaps the region’s best noncommercial display of Christmas lights is one surrounding the 22-year-old San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Ken Carr says of the tradition in its seventh year. He serves as directer of grounds and lights within the Sights and Sounds of Christmas Committee. “More than 3,000 individual strings of lights totaling over 150,000 lights plus wreaths, stars and a Nativity are set up by 300-plus young adults (ages 18-30) from throughout the San Diego area.”

He estimates it takes 2,500 hours to create the magic at the 7.2-acre landmark, with work done Saturdays beginning in October and finished by late November in time for the official lighting the day after Thanksgiving.

Why do the Mormons work so hard on the lights and music at 7474 Charmant Drive?

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