Names of Christ

by | Dec. 23, 2007


h3. Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "I Know that My Redeemer Lives!" by President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2007, 22. h3. Thought: Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, His birth fulfilled the inspired pronouncements of many prophets. He was taught from on high. He provided the life, the light, and the way. Multitudes followed Him. Children adored Him. The haughty rejected Him. He spoke in parables. He taught by example. He lived a perfect life. . . . the King of kings and Lord of lords had come. (Thomas S. Monson, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives!," Ensign, May 2007, 22-25) h3. Song: "Away in a Manger" Children's Songbook, p. 42. h3. Scripture: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) h3. Lesson: Have each family member give a name or title for Jesus Christ. Go around as many times as needed until no one can think of any more names. Divide your family into two groups and give each a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Invite them to read 3 Nephi 9:15-18 and write down as many names and titles of the Savior as they can. After they have completed their lists, ask: * What are some of the important roles Jesus Christ plays in Heavenly Father's plan? * Are there any of the names or titles that you do not understand? * If we combined our lists and then added the important roles, how many names, titles, or roles would we come up with? Turn to page 633 of the Bible Dictionary and show the family the section titled "Christ, names of." Have your family guess how many actual names, titles, and roles of the Savior are listed there. (Nearly 200.) (Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p 282.) *A Christmas Message to the Children of the Church from the First Presidency:* (Harold B. Lee, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney) Christmas will soon be here once again--Christmas, that joyous time of year when everyone thinks about giving and receiving gifts. As your eyes sparkle with the excitement of this happy season and as you sing the lovely Christmas carols, may you remember the beautiful story of the Baby Jesus, who was born in a lowly manger in Bethlehem while shepherds watched their flocks by night on the plains of Judea. This was God's gift to the world. When the angel Gabriel first visited young Mary in Nazareth, he told her she had been chosen to become the mother of the Son of God and that she should call his name Jesus, a special name meaning Savior. Down through the ages, Jesus has been known by many other names that tell of His greatness and of His work. Among these names are Christ, Holy One, Redeemer, Immanuel, Son of God, Teacher, Messiah, Almighty, and, of course, Savior. The first letters of these sacred titles spell the name of this season when we celebrate the wondrous birth of Baby Jesus. As you think about gifts this Christmas, we hope you will think of the meaning of these names given to Jesus by those who knew and loved Him. Then you will be reminded of the blessings of this special holiday. (Christmas Classics: A Treasury for Latter-day Saints, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995], p. 18.) h3. Activity: Have each family member dress in a simple nativity costume (robes, dish towel headresses, scarves, sheets, etc.) as you sing favorite Christmas carols. h3. Refreshment: *Kris Krinkles* * 1/2 cup shortening * 1 2/3 cups sugar * 2 eggs * 2 teaspoons vanilla * 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, melted * 2 1/4 cups sifted flour * 1 teaspoon salt * 1/3 cup milk * 1/2 cup chopped walnuts * Sifted powdered sugar Cream shortening and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Fold in melted chocolate. In a separate bowl sift together flour and salt; add to chocolate mixture alternately with milk, stirring after each addition. Stir in nuts. Chill thoroughly 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form into 1-inch balls and roll each ball lightly in powdered sugar. Place on greased cookie sheets 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Continue cooling on wire rack. Makes 45 cookies. (Lion House Christmas, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2006], p. 118.)
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