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Christmas Day!

<– From the beginning – Leading up to the first Christmas Day on the American continents

3 Nephi 1:19 – 22

19 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.

 20 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets.

 21 And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.

22 And it came to pass that from this time forth there began to be lyings sent forth among the people, by Satan, to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen; but notwithstanding these lyings and deceivings the more part of the people did believe, and were converted unto the Lord.

Christmas Nativity
Christmas Nativity

Just like today, there is so much time and effort spent on the preparation for Christmas.  Then it seems to be over so quickly.  Even though the event is in the past, I want to remember, study, think and pray about its meaning, so that it wasn’t all in vain and Christ will continue to affect my life.  Don’t let the disappointment of the end of the event overshadow what just happened!

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel!

Leading up to Christmas – Day 24 (sundown)

<– Day 24 (evening)                 Christmas Day –>

3 Nephi 1:15 – 16

“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.

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.”

The first Christmas Eve.  I’m trying to imagine that.  “Astonished” might be an understatement when the sign was given.  They could see the sun go down but the sky remained light!

God does fulfill His promises.  He tells His prophets what to reveal.  He answers our sincere prayers.

What a fitting sign (no darkness) to give for the coming of Jesus Christ!  He is, literally, the Light of the world!