Visit LDS.org for a More Christ-Centered Christmas
By Camille West, Church News staff writer
“If we notice that planning for parties and scrambling for presents begin to detract from the peaceable message of Jesus Christ and distance us from the gospel He preached, let us take a step back, slow down a little, and reconsider what matters most.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency
Do you need a quote for a Christmas-related Sunday lesson or an idea for a youth or family home evening activity?
Perhaps you’re looking for an inspiring message or video to share through social media.
Maybe you just have a desire to feel closer to the Savior this time of year.
For a more Christ-centered Christmas for you and your loved ones, head to LDS.org for a wealth of Christmas resources that will help you keep the focus on Jesus Christ and His birth.
The Christmas gospel topic page on LDS.org is a good place to start to find videos, ideas, and articles, but there are other inspiring resources to choose from as well that can add variety to your Christmas lessons, help you share the Christmas spirit, and draw closer to the Savior.
Add Variety to Your Christmas Lessons
Learn how to keep Christ in Christmas by watching the latest Christmas Mormon Messages video, “The Reason Behind Christmas,” and then browse through other Christmas-related videos in the Media Library.
You can also use the following Bible videos to help you tell or enjoy the Christmas story. Each video is under 7 minutes. Watch them all at once or over several days while you follow along with the story in Luke in the New Testament.
Few activities invite the Spirit as quickly as inspirational music. Play or download a variety of Christmas music from music.lds.org, download music from the Savior of the World production, listen to and download Christmas music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or watch past performances on the choir’s YouTube page.
You can find many Christmas videos for children on LDS.org, such as Our Christmas Story, He Sent His Son, and The First Christmas Gift, as well as the story of Christ’s birth in the New Testament Stories for children.
Besides the December 2013 Friend magazine online, browse a list of children’s Christmas stories, activities, songs, and more from the Friend archives. For example, print out and assemble a baby Jesus booklet or encourage children to complete a Christmas countdown nativity scene by reading a scripture and doing an activity.
In the October 2013 general conference, Elder M. Russell Ballard challenged members to reach out to one person before Christmas. Learn more about Elder Ballard’s call to action and find some ways to start.
Visit the Church's Facebook page for an archive of Christmas memes, videos, and images you can share. If you like creating your own images with text to share, you can browse Christmas images in the Media Library.
Bless others with an inspirational message by sharing content posted during the 2013 Christmas Devotional December 8.
Visit Mormon.org/christmas for free downloadable music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, e-cards, and other messages about Jesus Christ that you can share.
Follow Mormon.org on Twitter throughout December to collect and share beautiful, scripture-based panes of a stained glass advent calendar that tell the story of Christmas.
Draw Closer to the Savior
Christmastime is the perfect season to study and learn more about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who promises, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (D&C 88:63).
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “If we notice that planning for parties and scrambling for presents begin to detract from the peaceable message of Jesus Christ and distance us from the gospel He preached, let us take a step back, slow down a little, and reconsider what matters most“ (”Seeing Christmas through New Eyes,“ 2010 First Presidency Christmas Devotional).
A visit to LDS.org may be one way to do as President Uchtdorf suggests.