Wow, this year has been so full of miracles, lessons, and love! It's honestly been one of the greatest of my life. For my Christmas email, I just want to testify of our Lord and Savior, The Son of God, even Jesus Christ.
Everyone is pretty familiar with the Christmas story in the Bible (Luke 2, etc.), but I want to share with you the Christmas story from the Book of Mormon.
In Helaman 14:1-8 Samuel the Lamanite, a prophet of God in the ancient Americas, testifies of the signs of Christ's birth.
The signs were a new star and a day without a night.
Later on in Helaman, all they that believe in the words of Samuel are baptized, but there are many unbelievers that say it is unreasonable to believe in the coming of a Savior.
In 3 Nephi 1, the Nephites that believed in Christ were threatened by the unbelievers, that if the signs prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite did not come to pass before a certain deadline, they would be killed.
On the night before the deadline of the massacre, one of the Nephite prophets (his name was Nephi) prayed to the Lord and asked for help.
In 3 Nephi 1:11-15 Christ himself speaks to Nephi, in an answer to his prayer, and tells him to not worry. For that night, he would come unto the world.
That night, the signs testified of by Samuel the Lamanite came to pass, and although Christ was born in the eastern hemisphere, far, far away from the people of Nephi, they all witnessed the undeniable signs of the coming of The Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Two things I LOVE about the Christmas story from the Book of Mormon...
1. The fact that Christ's birth saved thousands of lives in the ancient Americas. If the signs hadn't appeared, the Nephite people surely would have suffered. Isn't that something? Christ was literally a SAVIOR from the very moment of his birth.
2. On the night of His birth, The Lord saw it fit to speak to Nephi and to comfort him. Another example of Christ's selflessness and mission of bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. I know that if we have faith, and ask The Lord, He will comfort us in any moment, in any hour, and in any need.
What a blessing it is to have a SAVIOR.
I testify that He is the Christ. I know that it is in Him, and Him only, that we can receive eternal life and exaltation. I hope we can all remember our loving and humble Savior, not just this Friday, but every single day.
I LOVE YOU ALL!
PS This week we had a mini missionary stay the weekend with us. Her name was Amanda Wood, from Western Massachusetts and we had a really successful day with her! We taught an entire family and they fed us a Dominican dinner and then we picked up a SOLID new investigator named Eduardo. He's great. He's Puerto Rican. :)
God is so GOOD!