Posts Tagged ‘ Christmas ’

Literary Joseph Fielding Smith #02: A Stranger Star O’er Bethlehem

December 29, 2013 | 5 comments
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Literary Joseph Fielding Smith #02: A Stranger Star O’er Bethlehem

The second lesson in the Joseph Fielding Smith manual, used in Priesthood and Relief Society lessons in the coming year, discusses the life of Jesus Christ and his role in the plan of salvation; quite a lot to cover in a single lesson. In the texts included, Smith ranges from Christ’s birth as the only begotten son of God, to his role establishing a pattern for us to follow, to how we are His sons and daughters through the atonement and through our obedience to His teachings. Fortunately, Mormon poetry, like our teachings, emphasize the role of Christ, making... Read more »

Lucan Infancy Narrative

December 24, 2009 | 4 comments
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While Matthew’s is largely from Joseph’s perspective, Luke’s from Mary’s This does not mean, however, that Joseph and Mary were necessarily the sources—rather that the evangelists focused on them and what they represented Luke included poetic passages or songs to personalize the characters of his infancy narrative (canticles, more below) Luke adds the stories about... Read more »

The Matthean Infancy Narrative

December 23, 2009 | 8 comments
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Matthew’s is largely from Joseph’s perspective, Luke’s from Mary’s This does not mean, however, that Joseph and Mary were necessarily the sources—rather that the evangelists focused on them and what they represented For Matt, Joseph’s proposed status as a Davidid makes Jesus David’s true heir, although admittedly through “adoption” or legal recognition by... Read more »

Studying the Infancy Narratives

December 21, 2009 | 20 comments
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Studying the Infancy Narratives

This Christmas Eve, most of us will at least read the “Christmas Story,” as found in Luke 2:1-20. As we approach the holiday, a few more diligent souls will read all of the Infancy Narratives, as found in Matt 1-2 AND Luke 1-2. Yet even when reading (as opposed to just remembering or “thinking” about) these familiar texts, the tendency will be to harmonize the two accounts, resulting in a hybrid vision of the birth of Jesus that accords nicely with the Christmas pageants that we will watch and the Nativity scenes that we have set up. But our... Read more »

An LDS Observance of Advent

December 18, 2009 | 20 comments
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An LDS Observance of Advent

A recent spoof on Conan O’Brien that has made the rounds on the Internet highlights how little many outside the Church know about LDS practices. The hilarious skit, ostensibly in honor of a “Mormon Christmas,” points out that we really do not have many LDS-specific holiday traditions, at least not many that anyone can readily point to. There are ward Christmas programs a week or two before Christmas. There is the First Presidency Christmas Devotional at the beginning of December. And, as I wrote yesterday, for those in Utah, or perhaps farther afield thanks to PBS, there is the... Read more »

Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

December 17, 2009 | 19 comments
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Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

Perhaps the most important thing that the Tabernacle Choir does is provide music for several of the session of General Conference. After that, our biannual tours rank high as perhaps our most overt and perhaps important missionary outreach. While the weekly broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word... Read more »

Truant Blogger Here at Last

December 16, 2009 | 13 comments
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Truant Blogger Here at Last

First, apologies for keeping you all waiting. The Choir’s Christmas concerts were last week, which was also the last week of BYU’s fall semester. This week I am in the midst of finals. And in the few moments I squeeze out, there are family Christmas preparations to make! I am a complete neophyte to the Blogosphere, having hardly read much of it and having never contributed outside of a single stint on the Mormon Theology Seminar. Still, when my friend Julie Smith approached me, I told her there were two times of the year that I would be interested... Read more »

Confessions of a Shopping Mall Santa

December 4, 2009 | 9 comments
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Confessions of a Shopping Mall Santa

Christmas Season, 1989. I was a freshman at the University of Utah, my first year away from home. As a poor student I was looking for extra holiday cash, and the Help Wanted ad for a shopping mall Santa seemed like just the thing. Despite my 18-year-oldness, the manager was desperate to fill the big chair, so I walked out of my short interview with a prosthetic belly, a red suit, a wig, and some bells. Christmas had lost its luster a decade before, the day I had gone searching for my swimming mask and snorkel in our... Read more »

One Christmas, Everlasting

December 23, 2008 | one comment
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Merry Christmas from Christmases past! Read more »

The True Meaning of Christmas

December 22, 2008 | no comments
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The Church has put together a web page on the true meaning of Christmas. Please give it a look and pass on the link. Read more »

Christmas and the Sacrament

December 21, 2008 | 4 comments
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There is only one Christmas. Each year it comes slightly more into view. Read more »

The Carnival of Ward Choirs

December 14, 2008 | 3 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Tithing Settlement 2008

December 11, 2008 | 8 comments
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Tithing Settlement is a great part of the Christmas season. Read more »

Christmas Devotional 2008

December 7, 2008 | 16 comments
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President Uchtdorf said that the angels came to the shepherds, the poor, not to the rich. At one point in my life that would have bugged me. Today I realized that the rich should want it that way. If you’re wealthy and still looking for something, you don’t want to be told that your wealth is all there is. Read more »

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (Eve)

December 24, 2004 | 9 comments
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We watched Mr. Krueger’s Christmas a few nights ago. It’s not half bad. Read more »

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