Saturday, December 01, 2007

24 Days of Christmas Part 2

"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, Counselor, the Might God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Carol: Away in a Manger

Ancient America Views the First Christmas
(excerpts from The Book of Mormon)

I looked and beheld the...city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white. And (the) angel...said unto me: Behold the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.

And... I be 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... I... beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea even the Eternal Son of the Father! (Nephi, about 600BC, 1Nephi 11:13-21)

And the... angel... said unto me... Behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is for all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth among the children of men, working mighty miracles...

And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.

And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name. (King Benjamin, about 124 BC, Mosiah 3:3-9)

For behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people... And behold, He shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshasowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. (Alma, about 83 BC, Alma 7:7, 10)

And Behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness insomuch that it shall appear unto men as if it was day.

Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and... ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also the setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night, nevertheless, the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.

And behold, there shall a new star arise, such as one ye never have beheld... (Samuel, about 6 BC, Helaman 14:3-5)

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.

And 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 in 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.

Now it came to pass, that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.

And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the traditions of their fathers.

And it came to pass, that he cried mightily unto the Lord, all the day: and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him saying: Lift up your head and be of goo cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on the morrow come I into the world, to do the will both of my 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.

And it came to pass, that the words which came upon Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; an 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 earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid or those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the signal 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 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 the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and unbelief.

And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was light as though it was midday. And it came to pass, that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that is 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.

And it came to pass a;so that a new star did appear, according to the word. (Nephi, at the time of Christ's birth, 3 Nephi 1:4-21)

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