Recently, the Church Newspublished the First Presidency's Christmas messagefor 2017:
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).
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, our hope is that the light and testimony of the Savior’s divine mission as the Redeemer of all mankind will come into our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
May each of us be blessed at this joyous season of the year as we acknowledge with sincere gratitude the Father’s incomparable gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Master.
This message builds on last year's message, which also referenced Isaiah 9:6 and encouraged members to seek Christ like the wise men of the scriptures:
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas, we think of that sacred time when “The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) came to earth as a newborn babe. Like the Wise Men, who sought the Christ child and offered Him gifts, we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts—a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship. “I am the light of the world,” the Savior declared during His mortal ministry, and “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). We follow Him as we remember Him always, emulate His example, and go about doing good. At this Christmas season, may our faith be strengthened as we follow Jesus Christ. Truly, He is our Savior and Redeemer, who was “wounded for our transgressions, … and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We solemnly testify that He lives and that because of His love and atoning sacrifice, He offers the gift of salvation to all of God’s children.