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Latter-day Saint Apostles Share Flood of Christmas Messages on Social Media

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Apostles from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took to social media this week to share heartwarming Christmas messages and wishes. Read through their inspiring words here!

President Dallin H. Oaks

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As we celebrate this sacred Christmas season, it is my hope that you will be blessed with peace in your heart and love for those around you.
 
This is a time to experience the true spirit of this sacred season, where we reflect upon the birth, life, and mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
May you feel the love of the Savior in your life and know that “his arm of mercy is extended towards you” (Jacob 6:5).

President Henry B. Eyring

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One of the most beautiful symbols of the birth of Jesus Christ into this world is light. The appearance of the long-promised Messiah brought light to a darkened world.
 
Many of you are praying for the strength to endure trials that test you to what may feel to you like your limit. God knows our every need, He loves us, and He watches over us. He gave us the gift of a Savior, His perfect Son. He is the Light of the World and the sure source of comfort, hope, peace, and joy.
 
I express my love to you with my wish that you may have a joyous Christmas season and feel the love and light of Christ—this year and always.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

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As Christmas approaches, I realize that some may have concerns and perhaps some anxiety about the future.
 
There may be a lot of “noise” in your life: more or less constant engagement online without downtime, without time to be quiet and reflect and think, without time to look inside and discern where you are and where you should be going.
 
You may be influenced by unrealistic expectations such as “perfection should be immediate” or “uninterrupted happiness and success should be the norm in life.”
 
I hope you will lay aside these misconceptions, dial down the “noise,” and take some time this Christmas season—at least an hour, if not more—to reflect on the wonder and the majesty of the Son of God. Let it be an hour of reassurance and renewal for you.
 
Take time to relax, be at peace, and see this little child in your mind. Do not be too concerned or overwhelmed with what is coming in your life. Instead, take a peaceful moment to contemplate perhaps the most serene moment in the history of the world—when all of heaven rejoiced with the message, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

Elder Dale G. Renlund

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Our current English hymnal and Children’s Song Book contain thirty Christmas carols. Of these, five have explicit invitations to come to Bethlehem to see the Christ-child and eighteen have implied invitations to do so. Seven carols celebrate the season generally but do not include such invitations.

One hymn that extends this invitation is “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It is based on an English translation of a traditional French carol. Even though it was penned in 1862, it reflects a legend that goes back centuries. The title in French, “Les anges dans nos campagnes,” literally translates as “The angels in our countrysides.” In the valleys of France, shepherds camped in the foothills. To mark the Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve, those in one end of the valley would start by chanting, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” or “glory to God in the highest.” Other shepherds heard this call and repeated it. Thus, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” was shouted along the mountainsides and progressed like an echo throughout the valley, announcing Christmas celebrations.

The direct English translation from the French declares, “The Angels in our countryside sang the song of heaven; and the echo of our mountains resumes this melodious tune: Gloria in excelsis Deo.” The shepherds are then asked, “For whom is this feast? What is the purpose of all these songs? What a victor, what a conquest is it worth these triumphant cries?”

The answer is that these songs “announce the birth of the Redeemer, the King of Israel. And, in gratitude for him, the earth sings, Gloria in excelsis Deo.” Then follows the song’s invitation, “Let us all look for the happy village that saw him born under its roof, let us offer him the tender tribute and our hearts and our voices!” In English we sing, “Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.”

Wise men came to Bethlehem to see Jesus Christ as a baby. Wise men and women still figuratively come to Bethlehem to learn of His pre-mortal Godhood, perfect life, and selfless and infinite atoning sacrifice. We should all do so.

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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