What does Christmas mean to you? Presents? Lights? Giving? Spending time with family? Eating yummy food? All of these things are wonderful and good. I love them all. But more than that I love the source of it all, our Savior Jesus Christ. His birth was indeed “beautifully simple and simply beautiful” (Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of Temple,” Ensign, Oct. 2009). Because of His humble, yet majestic birth, we have reason to celebrate.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) I have loved learning about the Savior’s birth, the true reason we celebrate Christmas, from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The teaching I love learning most about, concerning His physical birth, is that when He was born He brought with Him light.
We know that in the land of Judea a star came for all to see, that the babe in Bethlehem, the Savior of the world, came to be. And in the Americas, recorded in the Book of Mormon, the prophesy of Samuel the Lamanite was fulfilled, on the night of our dear King’s birth, “And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day” (Helaman 14:3).
Is it no wonder that we have Christmas lights on our houses, trees, and anything else that we can get our hands on? Is it no wonder that the light in a child’s eyes is brightened with great joy when they receive their very own Christmas present? Jesus Christ gave His life, in every way possible, and in so doing His life will continue to illuminate the world—even if it is by emulating His teachings in our life by celebrating Christmas with those treasured traditions.
Jesus Christ is indeed the “light of the world” and He is the reason to rejoice during this Christmas season. As the Mormon prophet, Thomas S. Monson, said:
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior’s teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others (see LDS Church News).
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.