Christmas Countdown

By Hilary Hendricks

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    Christmas is a time to remember Jesus Christ. Complete this Christmas picture to learn some ways to follow Him.

    Remove these two pages from the magazine, and glue them onto heavy paper. Cut this column of instructions off the accompanying poster. Cut out the puzzle pieces on page 16, and place them in an envelope. Starting on 1 December, remove one piece from the envelope each morning. Find the place where the piece belongs in the Christmas picture. Read the scripture and do the activity; then glue the piece in place. By 25 December, you will have done many things to be like Jesus, and your picture of Christmas will be complete!


    Illustration by Mike Eagle


    Illustration by Mike Eagle

    D&C 19:38–39. Jesus Christ asked us to pray always. Carry a prayer in your heart, thanking Heavenly Father for your blessings.

    3 Nephi 18:6–7. Jesus Christ asked His followers to always remember Him, especially during the sacrament. Write in your journal how you feel about the Savior.

    Matthew 22:34–40. Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbors. Work with your family to do something nice for a neighbor.

    D&C 35:26. Jesus Christ wants us to be happy. Make a list of blessings that make you happy.

    3 Nephi 12:9. Jesus Christ promised to bless the peacemakers. Sing a reverent Primary song to help bring greater peace to your home.

    D&C 89:10–11, 18–20. Jesus Christ revealed the Word of Wisdom. Thank Heavenly Father for food that makes you strong.

    3 Nephi 17:21–24. Jesus Christ blessed little children because He loved them. Show your love for a brother, sister, or friend by spending time with him or her.

    3 Nephi 18:21. Jesus Christ taught us to pray with our families. Help your family remember to pray today.

    D&C 33:11–12. Jesus Christ taught the principles of His gospel. Memorize the fourth article of faith.

    3 Nephi 27:29. Jesus Christ promised that Heavenly Father will answer prayers. Write in your journal about a prayer He answered.

    D&C 108:7. Jesus Christ asked us to help each other be strong in the gospel. Share your testimony with someone.

    Mark 10:13–14. Children are very important to Jesus Christ. As you pray, tell Heavenly Father about your day and ask for His help with your problems.

    D&C 25:12. With your family or friends, sing Christmas hymns or songs about the Savior.

    D&C 21:1, 4–5. Our prophet tells us what Jesus Christ wants us to do. Talk with a parent about President Gordon B. Hinckley’s counsel from general conference.

    3 Nephi 12:16. Jesus Christ asked us to be examples to those around us. Set an example of service by doing chores at home.

    3 Nephi 12:6. Jesus Christ taught that we will be blessed for seeking righteousness. Read the scriptures or a scripture story.

    John 13:34–35. We show that we want to follow Jesus Christ when we love others. Show your parents you love them by helping without being asked.

    D&C 1:37. Jesus Christ counseled us to study His commandments. Think of a commandment you keep and a blessing you enjoy.

    D&C 76:22–24. Even though Jesus Christ was born more than 2,000 years ago, He has appeared to prophets of this dispensation. As a family, read and discuss today’s scripture.

    3 Nephi 27:7. Jesus Christ told His disciples to call the Church in His name. Talk about the name of the Church and what it means (see D&C 115:3–4).

    3 Nephi 25:5–6. Jesus Christ said the hearts of children should turn to their parents. Ask your parents to tell you about Christmas when they were young.

    Matthew 6:3–4. Jesus Christ taught that we should quietly help other people. Write a kind note for someone.

    3 Nephi 23:1. Jesus Christ commanded the Nephites to study the words of Isaiah. Ask a parent to read and talk about Isa. 53:3–5 with you.

    Luke 17:11–19. Jesus Christ praised the leper who returned to thank Him. Write a note or draw a picture to thank someone who has helped you.