Jesus’ Birth Archive

Birth of Jesus Christ: The Light of the World

Birth of Jesus Christ: The Light of the World

The Most Wonderful Time “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” says one popular Christmas song sung by 1960s singer Andy Williams. The song says it’s “the most wonderful time” because of the “holiday greetings,” “parties for hosting,” “caroling out in the snow,” and “loved ones near.” The Christmas season is one of the most magical times of the year, especially in predominantly Christian countries. There is a spirit of giving and happiness, despite whatever hardships have happened during the year. But the real reason that it’s the most wonderful time is because it celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Born in the Meridian of Time This year, calendars around the world proudly proclaim the year as 2013. 2013 years since the birth of Jesus Christ, to be precise. This system of reckoning time has been in use for thousands of years, and places the birth of Jesus Christ at the center of time. More recently, the abbreviations BC and AD have been... Read the rest of this entry »

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus

When Mormons celebrate Mother’s Day, they often take some time to honor one of history’s most important mothers as well. Mary, the mother of Jesus had a very difficult role in life and one that affected eternity through her faith. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and of Mary. Despite prevailing gossip, they do not believe this occurred through intimacy because both the Bible and the Book of Mormon say Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born. They also do not believe the Holy Ghost is Jesus’ father, since the Bible specifically says the Lord’s Father is God. Although Mormons do not know how the conception occurred, it is not important since it does not impact eternal life. They know only that it was done respectfully. Mormons believe Jesus Christ’s duel heritage—both mortal and divine—are essential to His eternal mission as the Savior. Because of His mortality, He was able to experience those things mortals experienced, but because of His divinity, He was able... Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Jesus and Santa

Celebrating Jesus and Santa

Tiffany Sowby is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths as the “Mormon Church”) and mother of five. She tries to find humor, joy and contentment in the little things life has to offer. How do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) celebrate Christmas? Is it all about Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve night and what presents have been purchased for loved ones? Or is Christmas about remembering the birth of Jesus Christ? Growing up as a child in England, Religious studies were a part of the daily school curriculum. I spent many Decembers working on art projects and essays depicting what most in the Christian world refers to as ‘The First Christmas’. I specifically recall making a time-line of events with pictures beginning with Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth to Baby Jesus laying in a manger. I remember my third grade class painting gold angels, that I placed proudly on... Read the rest of this entry »

The Birth of Christ: Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Savior

The Birth of Christ:  Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Savior

Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves as a High Priest Group Leader in the Annapolis, Maryland Ward. The tiny babe who in Bethlehem’s manger lay was no ordinary child. Some people called Him the son of David. Others called Him the son of Joseph. The scriptures call Him the son of David, the son of Mary, the son of man, the Son of God. He whose name is Immanuel, meaning God is with us, was born to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords. This child was the promised Messiah – even Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God. For hundreds of years prophecies had foretold the birth of a Messiah, and on that starry night in the city of David, the One who would fulfill those prophecies was born in a humble stable with a manger as His cradle. In the Book of Mormon, in 3 Nephi 1: 13 we read, “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow... Read the rest of this entry »

The True Spirit of Christmas

The True Spirit of Christmas

S. Michael Wilcox is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of To See His Face and Choosing the Fulness: Wickedness or Righteousness. Spirit of Christmas as a Child When I was a little boy, people told me that the true spirit of Christmas was the spirit of giving; but I didn’t believe them. I knew that the true spirit of Christmas was getting. I could hardly wait until Christmas morning when my mother would stand at the door to the living room that separated me from a wonder of toys. She would peek through and tell me Santa had been here and express her surprise that he had given me so much. Then I was obliged to eat breakfast, make my bed, brush my teeth, and get dressed. The anxiety and anticipation this caused is impossible to describe. By the time I attacked the neatly wrapped packages and saw the delights they contained, I was filled with a joy and relief I have not found comparable to any joy on earth. I... Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections on the Christmas Story Part II: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Reflections on the Christmas Story Part II: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Gerald N. Lund is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of The Coming of the Lord, as well as several adventure novels, among them The Alliance, The Freedom Factor. The Christmas Story: Birth of Jesus Christ And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. . . . And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, unto Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2:1, 3-5.) Bethlehem. The city of David. Ancient homeland of Israel’s greatest king. In Hebrew it is called Beth Lechem. Literally, Beth Lechem means “The House of Bread.” How perfect that He who was to take the throne of David and become Israel’s ultimate... Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections On The Christmas Story Part I

Reflections On The Christmas Story Part I

Gerald N. Lund is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of The Coming of the Lord, as well as several adventure novels, among them The Alliance, The Freedom Factor. The Christmas Story Began in Nazareth “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.” (Luke 1:26.) The rabbis of ancient Israel had a saying: “Judea is wheat, Galilee straw, beyond Jordan, only chaff.” The urbane and worldly wise Jerusalemite, privileged to dwell in the Holy City, looked down on all others with faint condescension; but they especially viewed the Galileans as crude, unlearned, and earthy peasants. For the most part the people of Galilee were men of the soil and of the sea. This kept them in touch with basic values; and in spite of the feelings of the Judeans, they were known for being hard-working and warm-hearted, and for showing unrestrained hospitality and... Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Message: Giving Gifts That Matter

Christmas Message: Giving Gifts That Matter

Michaelene P. Grassli served as a member of the Primary general board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called “The Mormon Church” by the media),from 1975 to 1980, a counselor in the Primary general presidency from 1980 to 1988, and Primary general president from 1988 to 1994. She is the author or coauthor of three pamphlets and author of two books, What I Have Learned from Children and Leadertalk. Christmas Message: Giving Gifts That Matter Christmas was getting out of hand. Our children were beyond the magical, mysterious secrecy of childhood, yet they seemed to cling to the desire for that aspect of Christmas gift-giving. And so did their parents! It seemed to Leonard and me that it would take an upwardly spiraling cycle of materialism to continue to produce the Christmas morning thrills that had been so easy to achieve with simplicity when the children were small. Our oldest was married and in college, the second had begun college... Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Message: If You Feel Alone for Christmas

Christmas Message: If You Feel Alone for Christmas

Christmas Message: Serve Others Decorate your home. One year, a former roommate informed me that she was going home for Christmas and, therefore, was not going to help decorate our place. I was tempted to do the same, since I was also going to my parents’ home for the holidays. But then I realized that I, too, am important and that decorations are as much for me as for others. So I decorated. Since then, regardless of whether or not I have had roommates, I have decorated my home and enjoyed it. Attend Christmas parties. I attend parties given by my ward, given at work and given by friends. My neighborhood also has Christmas parties. In addition, some years I have thrown a party at my home for my friends. That is my Christmas gift to them—the time we spend together. Find ways to be part of a child’s Christmas. Children are so exuberant. My first nephew was born when I was 10 years old, so when I was growing up and out of the “awe” of Christmas there were... Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Christmas: Christmas Story

Keeping Christmas: Christmas Story

Christmas Message: Keeping Christmas Barbara B. Smith was called in 1974 to be general president of the Relief Society, the Latter-day Saint (“Mormon“) Women’s global leadership and service organization -a position she occupied for nearly ten years. She is the author of several books, including The Love That Never Faileth, The Light of Christmas, Growth in Grandmothering, and A Fruitful Season. She tells this wonderful Christmas story–how her children and children’s children carry the promises of the birth of Christ, the spirit of Christmas, from one generation to the next.  She speaks of gifts that point to the Savior, times that are treasured reflections of the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Enjoy this Christmas Message, this Christmas story, and share it with your friends and family this season. Merry Christmas to each of you. Last year was the Christmas it all came full circle. Douglas, my husband of over fifty years, and I had begun our... Read the rest of this entry »