Christmas


Illustration of the birth of Jesus Christ

“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.

“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.

“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.

“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.

“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.

“Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.

“Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.” (President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional)

The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.

Use the resources below to enrich your Christmas celebrations and help you to focus on the Savior this season.

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President Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson, “Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit,” Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2012

President Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson, “Because He Came

President Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson, “The Best Christmas Ever,” Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2008

President Henry B. Eyring

Henry B. Eyring, “The Gifts of Christmas

President Henry B. Eyring

Henry B. Eyring, “The Choice to Be Grateful,” Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2011

President Dieter Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Of Curtains, Contentment, and Christmas

President Dieter Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Can We See the Christ?Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2010

President Russell M. Nelson

Russell M. Nelson, “The Peace and Joy of Knowing the Savior Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2011

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Christmas within You,” Ensign or Liahona, Dec. 2012

Teachings of Presidents of the Church

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith, “Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of the World,” chapter 3

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow

Lorenzo Snow, “Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ,” chapter 24

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant

Heber J. Grant, “Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God,” chapter 24

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Joseph Fielding Smith, “Our Savior, Jesus Christ,” chapter 2

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball

Spencer W. Kimball, “Jesus Christ: My Savior, My Lord,” chapter 3

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