First Presidency Sends 2016 Christmas Message
“Like the Wise Men, … we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts—a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship.” —The First Presidency
Following is the 2016 Christmas message from the First Presidency of the Church:
2016 Christmas Message
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas, we think of that sacred time when “The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) came to earth as a newborn babe. Like the Wise Men, who sought the Christ child and offered Him gifts, we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts—a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship.
“I am the light of the world,” the Savior declared during His mortal ministry, and “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). We follow Him as we remember Him always, emulate His example, and go about doing good.
At this Christmas season, may our faith be strengthened as we follow Jesus Christ. Truly, He is our Savior and Redeemer, who was “wounded for our transgressions, … and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We solemnly testify that He lives and that because of His love and atoning sacrifice, He offers the gift of salvation to all of God’s children.
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf