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The Reality of Christmas
Without the Savior’s birth and Atonement, we would have no Intercessor, no Advocate with the Father, and no Mediator who makes it possible for us to return to the presence of our loving Heavenly Father and live together as eternal families. Read the full article. —Bishop Gary E. Stevenson
Recognizing the Redeemer
Read the word of God. Listen to and read testimonies of living prophets and apostles. Pray, having faith in Christ ( Moroni 10:4). Worship Him with our whole soul ( 2 Nephi 25:29). Prophecies of Christ’s Birth
Prophets in the scriptures prophesied of Christ’s birth. Isaiah testified 800 years prior to Jesus’s birth ( Isaiah 9:6). Nephi recorded his vision of the Savior 600 years before He was born ( 1 Nephi 11:13, 19, 20−21). 124 years before Christ’s birth, King Benjamin prophesied of Him ( Mosiah 3:5, 8). 83 years before His birth Alma prophesied of Him ( Alma 7:10). Samuel the Lamanite foretold Jesus’s birth 6 years before He came into the world. Christmas Helps Us Feel More Christlike
We feel more giving, more generous, more tolerant. We feel more filled with hope, charity, and love. Our attention and devotion are turned more toward our Savior, Jesus the Christ. What Can We Do This Christmas?
Do something that expresses our love for the Savior in an outward way. Remember that without Christ there would be no Christmas. Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy. Without His birth and Atonement we would have no Mediator who makes it possible for us to return to Heavenly Father and live as eternal families.