“Chapter 41: The Signs of Christ’s Birth,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 114–16
Nephi, the son of Helaman, gave the sacred records and scriptures to his oldest son, Nephi.
3 Nephi 1:2
The Nephites saw great signs and miracles that prophets had said would happen before Jesus Christ’s birth.
3 Nephi 1:4
But some Nephites said the time for Jesus’ birth had already passed. They mocked those who still believed Samuel the Lamanite’s prophecies.
3 Nephi 1:5–6
The people who believed in Jesus Christ and in the prophets were sad to think that something might keep the prophecies from being fulfilled.
3 Nephi 1:7
The people watched faithfully for a night with no darkness, which was the sign that Jesus Christ would be born.
3 Nephi 1:8
Those who did not believe in Jesus Christ chose a day to kill the believers if the sign had not happened.
3 Nephi 1:9
Nephi was sad because of the wickedness of those who did not believe in the Savior.
3 Nephi 1:10
Nephi prayed all day for the people who were going to be killed.
3 Nephi 1:11–12
The Lord comforted Nephi and told him that it would not get dark that night. Jesus would be born the next day in Bethlehem.
3 Nephi 1:13
That night the sun went down, but it did not get dark. The sign of Jesus Christ’s birth had come. The people were astonished.
3 Nephi 1:15
Those who had planned to kill the believers fell down and appeared to be dead.
3 Nephi 1:16
They were afraid because they had been wicked. Now they knew that the Savior would be born and that the prophets had been right.
3 Nephi 1:17–18
It stayed light all night. When the sun came up the next morning, the people knew that Jesus Christ would be born that day. The prophecies had been fulfilled.
3 Nephi 1:19–20
A new star appeared in the sky, just as the prophets had said it would.
3 Nephi 1:21
Satan still tried to get people not to believe the signs they had seen, but most did believe.
3 Nephi 1:22
Nephi and other Church leaders baptized all those who believed and repented.
3 Nephi 1:23
There were glad tidings in the land because the words of the prophets had been fulfilled. Jesus Christ had been born.
3 Nephi 1:26