First Presidency Releases 2018 Christmas Message

  • 6 December 2018

Thousands take in the colors as the lights are turned on at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 23, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

“Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift—the gift of the Father to all of His children.” —The First Presidency

Following is the 2018 First Presidency Christmas message, released December 6 and signed by President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks, and President Henry B. Eyring:

“Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts—the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance, and the promise of life everlasting. These four unique gifts will bring us more and more joy as we accept and act upon them. They were made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the most humble of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift—the gift of the Father to all of His children (see John 3:16). We joyfully celebrate His birth this Christmas season.”

The Christus on Temple Square during Christmas. Photo courtesy of the Deseret News.