The Coming of Christ

“The Coming of Christ,” Ensign, Dec. 2012, 40–43

The Coming of Christ

The scriptural narrative of our Savior’s birth is filled with people coming: Joseph and Mary journeying to Bethlehem, shepherds coming with haste to the stable, Mary and Joseph taking the infant Savior to the temple, Wise Men coming to worship their Savior. Perhaps as we contemplate these many comings, we will be reminded that we too have been told to come to Him.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Christmas and some of the cherished traditions of the season remind us that we, like the Wise Men of old, should seek the Christ and lay before Him the most precious of gifts: a broken heart and a contrite spirit. We should offer Him our love. We should give Him our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk in the path of discipleship. We should promise to remember Him always, to emulate His example, and to go about doing good.

“We cannot offer Him the gift of perfection in all things because this is a gift beyond our capacity to give—at least for now. The Lord does not expect that we commit to move mountains. But He does require that we bring as gifts our best efforts to move ourselves, one foot in front of the other, walking in the ways He has prepared and taught.”1