Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages from General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
As we conclude the highly anticipated week of Christmas, we celebrate the Light of the World. This year December 21st marked not only the winter solstice but the appearance of a star that hadn’t appeared in nearly 400 years. And both President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Michelle Craig, and Elder Dale G. Renlund drew attention to the symbolism surrounding the holiday season and the physical light that exists in our world at this time of the year.
On Monday, President Nelson wrote, “How fitting that astronomers and scientists are predicting tonight’s appearance of a ‘Christmas star,’ formed by the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, a rare event not seen in nearly 400 years. While we don’t need to ascribe any special meaning to the actual phenomenon, tonight’s Christmas star will undoubtedly draw our minds and hearts to the original star that appeared in the heavens to mark the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. For the shepherds in Judea, for the Wise Men, and for the believers in the New World, the star brought more than mere physical light—it brought hope.”
After addressing the world growing darker earlier in the evening at this time of year, Sister Michelle D. Craig shared a piece of art by artist Eva Timothy titled “Gift of Light.”
“He is the one that shares His light with us so that we can then share it with others,” Sister Craig said. “I love reading in the scriptures how every person was blessed by an interaction with Jesus Christ; He affirmed identity, He challenged those around Him to be the very best versions of themselves, and He went out of His way to lift and to bless. He saw the one. He was a giver of light.”
Elder Dale G. Renlund shared his thoughts after looking at conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter.
Other General Authorities also shared Christmas-centered posts on social media. See their posts below.
This story has been updated as more posts have become available.