You can make this Christmas special by learning more about the Savior. Here are some scriptural selections to help you. Study one on each of the days leading up to Christmas.
The prophet Isaiah foretold and testified of the Savior’s divine mission and birth in December 14: Isa. 7:14–15; Isa. 9:6–7; Isa. 53.
Nephi saw in vision the Savior’s birth and ministry before and after the Lord’s Crucifixion. Read Nephi’s account in December 15: 1 Ne. 11:9–33; 1 Ne. 12:4–8.
King Benjamin testified of the coming of the Savior in December 16: Mosiah 3:1–12, 20–21.
The Lamanite prophet Samuel prophesied to the wicked Nephites about Christ’s birth and death in December 17: Hel. 14.
Read the Prophet December 18: Joseph Smith’s testimony of the Savior in D&C 76:19–24, 40–42.
The prophet Alma testified of the Savior and the power of His Atonement in December 19: Alma 7:7–13.
Read about Mary’s and Elisabeth’s experiences in December 20: Luke 1.
Read Luke’s account of the Savior’s birth and childhood in December 21: Luke 2.
Read Mark’s account of the Savior’s December 22: baptism and ministry in Mark 1:1–2:13.
Read Matthew’s account of the Savior’s birth in December 23: Matt. 1:18–25; Matt. 2.
On the eve of Christ’s birth, the prophet Nephi prayed in behalf of his people who were about to be slain by the wicked. Read the Lord’s response and the fulfillment of the prophet Samuel’s prophecy in December 24: 3 Ne. 1:9–22.
Read and ponder December 25: “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.” You can find it at www.lds.org, in For the Strength of Youth (2001), or in the April 2000 Liahona. Write your testimony in your journal.
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The Arrival of the Shepherds, by Henri Lerolle, original in Musée des Beaux-Arts, Carcassonne, France, used by permission, may not be copied; Nephi’s Vision of the Virgin Mary, by Judith Mehr; detail from King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites, by Gary L. Kapp; detail from Samuel the Lamanite Prophesies, by Arnold Friberg; Jesus Christ Appears to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, by Walter Rane; Mary’s Psalm of Praise, by Robert T. Barrett, may not be copied; Even the Wisemen of the Earth Must Follow Divine Direction, by J. Leo Fairbanks; John Baptizing Jesus, by Harry Anderson; Flight into Egypt, by Robert T. Barrett