The idea was to get out of the same old Luke 2 story rut and get to the juice of why Christ's birth was even a big deal. It matters that Christ was born because Christ atoned for our sins and died for us. His birth would be meaningless without his life and death.
So without further ado... Merry Christmas!
Reader: Matt Turner
“I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.” “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”Mosiah 15:1 Isaiah 25:9 Isaiah 9:6
O Holy Night: Leah Petit Accompanied by: Dallin Larsen
Reader: Roxeanne Hutchins
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, 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. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”Matthew 1:18, 20-21 Luke 2:4-7
Away in a Manger: Men’s Ensemble A Capella
O Come All Ye Faithful: Choir Accompanied by: Dallin Larsen
Reader: Dani Passey
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”Luke 2: 8-14 2 Ne 32:3?
Angels We Have Heard On High Accompanied by: Bryce Coombs
Reader: Heidi Juergens
“And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”Luke 2:16-19 Luke 1: 46-49
Mary’s Lullaby: Sara Olds Accompanied by: Sister Olds
Reader: Eric Jones
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.” And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”John 2:40 Matt 4:23 John 3:16-17
I Heard Him Come: Dallin Larsen Accompanied by: Bryce Coombs
Reader: Shane Mount
“He is despised, and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father – That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.”Isaiah 53:3-7 D&C 76:22-24
I Know That My Redeemer Lives: Scott Moore, Leslie Hyatt and Choir Accompanied by: Dallin Larsen
Bishop Robison Testimony