The Boy Jesus


Jesus grew up in Nazareth

Jesus grew up in the city of Nazareth. He learned many things, and He “grew … strong … and the grace of God was upon him.” Luke 2:39–40

He was taken to Jerusalem

When Jesus was 12, He went with Joseph and Mary and a large group of people to a celebration in Jerusalem. They were there for several days. Luke 2:41–43

Jesus stayed in Jerusalem

When Joseph and Mary left for home, they didn’t know Jesus had stayed in Jerusalem. They thought He was walking back to Nazareth with His friends. Luke 2:43–44

Joseph and Mary returned to find Jesus

They looked for Him but did not find Him. No one knew where He was, so Joseph and Mary went back to Jerusalem. They looked for Jesus for three days. They were very sad. Luke 2:44–46

He was teaching in the temple

At last they found Him in the temple, talking with some teachers. The teachers were asking Him questions, and He was answering them. The teachers were surprised that Jesus knew the answers. Luke 2:46–47; Joseph Smith Translation, Luke 2:46

Joseph and Mary were worried about Jesus

Mary told Jesus that she and Joseph had been worried about Him. Jesus replied that He was doing His Father’s work—God’s work. Joseph and Mary did not understand. Luke 2:48–50

Jesus returned to Nazareth

Jesus went home to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary, and He was obedient to them. Luke 2:51

Jesus learned more about His work

Jesus learned more and more about His Heavenly Father’s work. Luke 2:52

He grew

He grew tall and strong. Luke 2:52

He obeyed God

People loved Him. He did what God wanted Him to do. Luke 2:52

God love Him

God loved Him. Luke 2:52

[illustrations] Illustrated by Paul Mann