Adoration of the Shepherds,” Gerard van Honthorst (1622)

December is a wonderful time to grow closer to God. As we commemorate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our hearts are naturally drawn to Him. We look for ways to show our love for Him. We strive to emulate His attributes and to serve others. We strive to share His light with the world. (See 3 Nephi 18:24.)

Last Christmas, I wrote a series of posts exploring the different ways Jesus has blessed all of our lives. I wrote about His goodness to us in the roles of Creator, Healer, Teacher, Friend, and Deliverer, and I considered how I can follow His example in my service to others.

The year before, I wrote a series of posts exploring how different elements of the Christmas story are enriched by our study of the Book of Mormon. I studied and wrote about the shepherds, the star, the wise men, His mother Mary, and on His title, the Son of God.

In 2019, I considered the following questions:

A year earlier, I shared some counsel from Sister Sue Clark at a BYU-Idaho devotional about how the symbolism of the Christmas Star can lead us to set appropriate New Year’s resolutions:

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about a paraphrase of Psalm 98 by Isaac Watts which has become a beloved Christmas hymn: “Joy to the World.” Here is my post about the significance of that hymn, including a video of a performance by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble:

I hope these posts enrich your celebration of the birth and the life of the Savior this year.

Merry Christmas!

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