A Message from the First Presidency to the Children of the World:
The Gift of Christmas

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    President Ezra Taft Benson President Gordon B. Hinckley President Thomas S. Monson

    President Ezra Taft Benson; President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor; President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor

    Christmas is a happy time of year because we celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

    While on the earth, Jesus lived a perfect life and set a perfect example for all of us to follow. He also made it possible for us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father when we leave this life. He is our Savior and our Redeemer.

    Jesus taught us to love one another. He told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, to do unto others as we would want them to do to us, and to pray for and do good to everyone.

    Jesus showed special love for children. On one occasion He directed His disciples to let the children come to Him, “for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

    Giving gifts has been a meaningful tradition ever since that first Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ was a divine gift to all mankind. Shortly after He was born, Wise Men came from afar bringing gifts for the Christ Child.

    Christmas gifts do not need to be purchased in stores. We can use our own special talents to make gifts for our families and friends, or we can offer gifts of service to others. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). One of the most important gifts we can give this Christmas season is to do what He has asked of us.

    We love children everywhere. We pray that each of you will have great joy this Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Savior, Heavenly Father’s gift to us.

    Photos by Michael McConkie