Chapter 41

The Signs of Christ’s Birth

“Chapter 41: The Signs of Christ’s Birth,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 114–16

Nephi giving records to son

Nephi, the son of Helaman, gave the sacred records and scriptures to his oldest son, Nephi.

people talking

The Nephites saw great signs and miracles that prophets had said would happen before Jesus Christ’s birth.

men smiling

But some Nephites said the time for Jesus’ birth had already passed. They mocked those who still believed Samuel the Lamanite’s prophecies.

men listening to old man

The people who believed in Jesus Christ and in the prophets were sad to think that something might keep the prophecies from being fulfilled.

family looking up

The people watched faithfully for a night with no darkness, which was the sign that Jesus Christ would be born.

men plotting

Those who did not believe in Jesus Christ chose a day to kill the believers if the sign had not happened.


Nephi was sad because of the wickedness of those who did not believe in the Savior.

Nephi praying

Nephi prayed all day for the people who were going to be killed.


The Lord comforted Nephi and told him that it would not get dark that night. Jesus would be born the next day in Bethlehem.

family watching sunset

That night the sun went down, but it did not get dark. The sign of Jesus Christ’s birth had come. The people were astonished.

wicked men on ground

Those who had planned to kill the believers fell down and appeared to be dead.

two men

They were afraid because they had been wicked. Now they knew that the Savior would be born and that the prophets had been right.

warriors in field

It stayed light all night. When the sun came up the next morning, the people knew that Jesus Christ would be born that day. The prophecies had been fulfilled.

men seeing new star

A new star appeared in the sky, just as the prophets had said it would.

woman and man looking up

Satan still tried to get people not to believe the signs they had seen, but most did believe.

Nephi baptizing man

Nephi and other Church leaders baptized all those who believed and repented.

people in town

There were glad tidings in the land because the words of the prophets had been fulfilled. Jesus Christ had been born.