Christmas
    Footnotes

    Come, Follow Me: New Testament—Support Articles and Activities

    December 16–22

    Christmas

    “Good Tidings of Great Joy”

    Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus

    After you’ve studied the scripture passages for this week and reviewed the questions and activities in the manual, consider sharing any of the following articles and activities with your family. These additional resources selected by the Church magazines staff can assist you as you strive to teach the gospel in your home.

    Matthew 1:18–25; 2:1–12; Luke 1:26–38; 2:1–20

    The Condescension of Jesus Christ

    An understanding of who Christ was before His birth and of the humble circumstances of His birth and life can increase our gratitude for the Savior.

    Articles

    • The Reality of Christmas.” In this Ensign article, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, then Presiding Bishop of the Church, tells of the prophecies of Christ’s birth and how we can become more Christlike.

    • Mary, Mother of the Savior.” Learn more about the character of the woman chosen for the unique role of being the mother of Jesus Christ.

    • What the Christmas Story Can Teach You.” This New Era article shares lessons we can learn from the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.

    • Jesus Was Born.” This illustrated scripture story from the Friend tells the Nativity story and teaches children how Simeon and Anna knew Jesus was the Son of God.

    Activities

    • Christmas Sing-Along.” Sing the hymns of Christ’s birth with this family-friendly activity that walks you through the birth of Christ with both scripture and song. (From the Ensign.)

    • One-a-Day Mini Christmas Devotionals.” Continue (or begin) reading these brief daily devotionals with your family to help prepare for Christmas.

    • 10 Days of Christmas.” This page from the Friend has a Christ-centered activity for your family to do each day from December 15 to December 24.

    1 Corinthians 15:21–26; Colossians 1:12–22; 1 Peter 2:21–25

    The Savior’s Divine Mission

    As we celebrate the Savior’s birth, we should also consider the reason for His coming into the world. This Christmas season, consider how the Savior’s mission has blessed your life.

    Articles

    • The Atonement of Jesus Christ.” In this general conference address, Tad R. Callister, who served as Sunday School General President from 2014 to 2019, teaches that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is infinite in its scope yet individual in its reach.

    • Why Is Jesus Christ Important in My Life?” This article from the New Era discusses the Savior’s role and why His life and teachings are important for everyone.

    • Celebrating Jesus Christ This Christmas.” In this Christmas message in the New Era, President Dallin H. Oaks, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shares how the Savior’s teachings reflect His mission to save us from sin and death.

    • Waiting for Christmas.” This story from the Friend tells how a boy named Jacob remembers that Christmas is about Jesus.

    Activity