Pritty much everyone is familiar with the Christmas story. Nativity scenes are quite common around many different churches around the world. The story of Christ being born in a manger in humble circumstances. The 3 wisemen coming to see the new born babe. The shepherds watching there flock and receving the heavenly messanger heralding Christ’s birth. The story is found in Luke chapter 2 (http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2?lang=eng). This is a great story. Its also a very important story about the Birth of Christ. A moment in our history and the reason for the Christmas holiday.
There is however a story that we often don’t here about even within the church. We all know about the new star in the heavens in the old world but we often don’t talk about what happenned in the new world on the American continent. The time had come for the birth of Christ and the people were looking for the signs which had been given to them by the prophets. many were saying that the time has come and no sign had been given.
3rd Nephi chapter 1 ”
4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be agreater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were aspoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.”
This caused the unbelievers to begin to have pride and to harrass the believers saying that all there prophets were wrong.
6 And they began to arejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.
7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass.
Though the believers in Christ had begun to worry that the signs would not come they still held true to there faith and maintained there hope.
8 But behold, they did watch steadfastly for athat day and that night and that day which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain.
The unbelivers had set aside a date to kill all the Righteous if the sign did not come about. This worried Nephi greatly and he was very upset and concerned over this so he prayed to God about it.
9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the aunbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be bput to death except the csign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.
11 And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
God heard his prayer and his son answered
13 Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the asign be given, and on the bmorrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be cspoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.
14 Behold, I acome unto my own, to bfulfil all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the cfoundation of the world, and to do the dwill, eboth fof the Father and of the Son—of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.
This gave Nephi great courage and joy i’m sure. The answer to this prayer follows
15 And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the asun there was bno darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
16 And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who afell to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great bplan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.
17 And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear; yea, in fine, all the people upon the face of the whole earth from the awest to the east, both in the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished that they fell to the earth.
18 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
19 And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be aborn, because of the bsign which had been given.
21 And it came to pass also that a new astar did appear, according to the word.
Thus the story of christmas unfolds in the Americas. The night as bright as day and a new star in the heavens was seen in the new world. May Christ light up our lives as the night with no darkness did the American people. God bless this christmas season and a happy new year.