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The First Presidency’s 2023 Christmas Message

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — released the following Christmas message on Friday, November 24. It was shared across several Church communication channels:

The Christmas season is often associated with gifts. The most desirable gifts are those offered to us by our loving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. These gifts are made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the humblest of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift — the gift of the Father to all of His children (see John 3:16). That birth we joyfully celebrate each Christmas season.

The Savior’s infinite and perfect love moved Him to atone for all of God’s children. That gift — the Atonement of Jesus Christ — allows all of His other gifts to be ours.

We testify that God lives! Jesus is the Christ — the Messiah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church, which He directs.

The First Presidency invites Latter-day Saints, their families, and friends to participate in the First Presidency’s annual Christmas devotional on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

The devotional will include messages from Church leaders and music performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Decisions about gathering to watch the Christmas devotional in meetinghouses will be left to the discretion of local leaders. 

Attend in Person

In-person attendance at the Christmas devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, will be limited due to the extensive construction taking place on and around Temple Square.

Ticket requests for attending the Christmas devotional are available beginning Tuesday, November 7 at 10 a.m. MST. A maximum of six tickets may be requested at a time. To reserve tickets, see this link. For more information about parking and attending the event at the Conference Center, please see Temple Square Event Guidelines.

View Live Stream

On Sunday, December 3, at 6 p.m. MST, view a live stream of the devotional on the following channels:

Various other stations and internet sites throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area. See the broadcast schedule for more details.

View on Demand

Video and audio recordings of the devotional will be archived for on-demand viewing on Gospel Library and Gospel Media. Video and audio recordings in most languages, as well as text in English, Spanish, and Portuguese will be available in about a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.

Share on Social Media

To participate in conversations about the Christmas devotional on social media channels, use #ChristmasDevo.

Language Versions

Spanish . Portuguese . French . Italian . German . Russian . Korean . Japanese . Chinese

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