Based on a true story, this beautifully illustrated book tells of the struggles of Mary Jeppson, a mother who wants to provide Christmas for her children. Be sure to accompany the reading of this story with an orange for your kids! Rose has recently moved to a new orphanage run by a cruel headmaster. This version not only includes beautiful illustrations, but also invites readers to take a closer look at those who may be in need this Christmas season.
Stars Were Gleaming by Greg Olson. This book uses poems, scriptures, and quotes to share the story of why we celebrate Christmas. Christmas Jars by Jason F.
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This story is short but sweet. It emphasizes the importance of service to others not only during the holidays, but year-round. The tradition of the Christmas jar is something that you could even start within your own family. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And fun fact: during the Christmas season every year, Thomas S.
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Monson would read this story in addition to several others. Practically everyone knows the film, The Other Side of Heaven , but this little-known experience of Elder Groberg is not as popular. John H. Groberg shares a short experience he had as a young missionary in the Tongan islands. And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
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And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
The Nephite prophets foretold that when the Savior would be born in the environs of Jerusalem, a sign would be given — a night without darkness and a new star in the sky. The righteous looked forward to this event with great anticipation, but as the time approached, the wicked were more numerous:. And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite. And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.
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And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass. But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day and that night and that day which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain. Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet 3 Nephi Nephi, many generations descended from the original prophet named Nephi, and himself a prophet, lamented over this impending doom and prayed mightily to the Lord.
Christ Himself appeared to Him to give Him comfort:. Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfil all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father and of the Son—of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given 3 Nephi And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
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And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand. And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear; yea, in fine, all the people upon the face of the whole earth from the west to the east, both in the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished that they fell to the earth.
For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief. And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given. And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets.
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And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word 3 Nephi