Christmas

December 01, 2021 11:18 AM MST
There are 3 different daily service calendars: one for general service ideas, one especially for kids, and one you can customize with your own ideas.
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December 01, 2021 08:00 AM MST
This original Russian Tale is a beautiful reminder that the Savior was born and He lives now.
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By  Emily Abel
November 30, 2021 06:04 PM MST
The 2021 Light the World Giving Machines in New York City will move from their former Manhattan Temple site to the more prominent Rockefeller Center.
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November 30, 2021 12:01 PM MST
For the first time, members worldwide are invited to watch a special Christmas concert produced by the Church’s Europe Area.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following Christmas message on Friday, November 26:
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By  LDS Living
November 29, 2021 07:00 AM MST
It's Cyber Week on Deseret Book! Enjoy these deals all week. If what you're looking for isn't on the list, there's a coupon for 25% off one item at the end of this article.
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By  LDS Living
November 26, 2021 05:00 AM MST
Here's some of our favorite Christmas albums from Latter-day Saint artists that you won't get tired of anytime soon!
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By  LDS Living
November 22, 2021 10:00 AM MST
With savings of up to 70%, you’ll be sure to find a meaningful gift for everyone on your list.
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November 19, 2021 04:22 PM MST
How has the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square put on magical Christmas concerts for 20 years? Conductors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy share their thoughts.
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November 18, 2021 10:00 AM MST
Looking for a simple and inexpensive way to let your ministering friends and families know you’re thinking of them this holiday season? Check out some of these great gift ideas.
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November 18, 2021 09:12 AM MST
This year the Church is inspiring millions around the world to be a part of the greatest story ever told—the story of the Savior’s birth—and to light the world with love.
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November 12, 2021 07:30 AM MST
Here are some easy ways to connect to the spirit of the season and participate in the top-caliber performances that come from Temple Square during the holidays.
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By  LDS Living
November 11, 2021 11:08 AM MST
Not all Christmases look the same year to year and family to family. So, whether you’re looking for a quiet moment alone, lively festivities with family and friends, or anything in between, here are a few traditions that you might like to start with your family.
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November 10, 2021 12:44 PM MST
A letter to Church leaders this week asked that Church services on Sunday, December 26, 2021, should be limited to sacrament meeting only.
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November 08, 2021 11:25 AM MST
Front man for rock band Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds became the first to donate to the 2021 Light the World Giving Machine just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. See photos and video of the event here:
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November 08, 2021 08:00 AM MST
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to share the true spirit of Christmas with your family. As the weather gets colder and Christmas gets closer, settle in and read these fantastic Christmas books with your children.
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November 05, 2021 01:17 PM MDT
While Christmas traditions vary widely from country to country, there is one small tradition that you'll see almost anywhere in the world where the birth of the Savior is celebrated: the Nativity.
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November 05, 2021 11:05 AM MDT
With this year’s Christmas devotional just five weeks away, and the celebration of Christmas Day shortly after, here’s a look back at the last five years of Christmas devotionals and some of our favorite stories that were shared.
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November 05, 2021 10:38 AM MDT
To honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the creators of The Chosen have created a special Christmas episode. “The Messengers” will feature the familiar story of the birth of Christ as told from the perspective of Mary and Joseph.
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November 04, 2021 10:03 AM MDT
Download a free printable study guide with scriptures to go along with the 25 unique names of Christ featured on the Immanuel Wreath.
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By  LDS Living
November 02, 2021 05:08 PM MDT
To help you get your Christmas shopping done early this year, here are some gift ideas for your family members.
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November 01, 2021 10:22 AM MDT
Light the World Giving Machines will be available in 10 locations across the United States for people to donate to dozens of local and global charity organizations this Christmas season.
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November 01, 2021 09:20 AM MDT
Gather with family as beloved artists and musicians bring you an evening full of your favorite holiday music, storytelling, and Christmas cheer.
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By  LDS Living
October 28, 2021 08:00 AM MDT
It might seem early, but now is the time to send gifts to ensure that they arrive before Christmas. Here is the perfect gift guide full of inspiring and affordable gifts for your missionary.
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By  LDS Living
October 26, 2021 01:23 PM MDT
While most snail mail has gone the way of the floppy disk or phone book, sending a Christmas card is a sure way to continue a long-time tradition, send warm holiday wishes, and make sure your family and friends get something in their mailboxes besides bills and junk mail.
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December 24, 2020 12:00 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Matt finds himself in the thick of Christmas shopping and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But after realizing neither he nor his children really remember the presents of Christmas past, Matt determines to create a simple tradition that changes his family's Christmastime practices forever.
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December 22, 2020 02:14 PM MST
Watching Jimmy Stewart in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a yearly holiday tradition for many. That has definitely been the case in my family, but there is another Jimmy Stewart holiday film that has also been a staple in our home—Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. The film was directed by Kieth Merrill and was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980, making this Christmas its 40th anniversary.
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December 12, 2020 12:10 PM MST
If you’re looking for a way to spend your Sabbath evening, sit back and enjoy what will look like ancient Jerusalem celebrating the Christmas season.
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December 09, 2020 10:14 PM MST
On Dec. 15, 1985, a Church News editorial titled “The Three Levels of Christmas” was published in the Deseret News. It was written by William B. Smart, who was at the time the editor and general manager of the Church News. The column made a significant impact on author and speaker John Bytheway, and years later, Smart’s “Three Levels of Christmas” are reaching a new generation through Bytheway’s most recent book, Born This Happy Morning.
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December 09, 2020 09:01 PM MST
In this new music video from The Piano Guys, viewers are asked to contemplate the question, “What Child Is This?”
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By  LDS Living
December 07, 2020 09:51 PM MST
On Sunday, December 6, the First Presidency Christmas devotional was broadcast from Temple Square. Church leaders focused their messages on the Savior, Jesus Christ.
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December 07, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Picture this: It's the night of Christmas Eve and your entire family is in their pajamas, blankets in tow, nestled in front of the fireplace, in oversized armchairs, sprawled on couches enjoying their first gift of Christmas–a brand-new book–until they fall asleep.
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December 03, 2020 07:06 PM MST
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” might not be what comes to mind when you think of Christmas music. But as a beautiful new video put out by the Church reminds us, if Christmas is all about Christ, then perhaps this is one of the most fitting songs we could listen to at this time of year.
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December 02, 2020 04:38 PM MST
Filmed at the Church’s Motion Picture set in Goshen, Utah, “The Christ Child: A Nativity Story,” brings to life the familiar scriptures in the Bible like never before. By showing Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wisemen, and the Christ child as real individuals, the nearly 18-minute film has captured the hearts of many as it tells the sacred events of that first Christmas.
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December 02, 2020 02:09 PM MST
Editor's note: This article was adapted from a video series called “Christ-Centered Christmas Celebration,” based on the book Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas. For more insight and family interaction with your countdown, you can watch the five-minute videos that correspond with each day, which can be found at "Keep Your Christmas Focused on Christ With These New Advent Videos by Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler."This article originally appeared in the November/December 2020issue of LDS Living magazine and features photos of a brand-new companion nativity set.
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By  LDS Living
December 02, 2020 01:00 PM MST
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . . and they were full of Christmas goodies! Here are 18 irresistible stocking stuffers you can get this year.
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November 30, 2020 08:48 PM MST
A new GENTRI video asks an important question for this time of year: “Do you see Christmas through the eyes of a child?”
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November 28, 2020 12:06 PM MST
The lyrics of the popular Christmas song, “Let It Snow” may take on new meaning in 2020 as we sing, “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow!”
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November 28, 2020 12:00 PM MST
Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas staple for many families. Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey has captured the hearts of generation after generation since the film’s release in 1943, and on this week’s episode of All In, author and speaker John Bytheway shares one of his favorite lessons learned from the movie. Bytheway also explains how the story of George Bailey powerfully illustrates what President Spencer W. Kimball once articulated in a beloved quote.
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November 17, 2020 03:53 PM MST
Christmas came early on Tuesday morning as BYU Vocal Point debuted their Polar Express medley, featuring Rise Up Children’s Choir. The medley highlights music from the 2004 computer-animated film that featured the voice of Tom Hanks, and the video comes complete with a real train, which many in Utah will recognize as the “Heber Creeper.”
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By  LDS Living
November 13, 2020 08:07 PM MST
As part of the 2019 Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert, Richard Thomas, an Emmy Award-winning actor, presented the story Christmas Day in the Morning. And in case you weren’t one of the people who able to experience the magical performance live, the Tabernacle Choir has released a video of the adaptation.
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The seasonal lights are ready and musical performances are being recorded for the 2020 Christmas season on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The virtual celebration of the Savior’s birth will be different than what visitors to Temple Square have experienced in the past, but organizers say it will once again be a beautiful and inspirational experience.
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By  LDS Living
November 12, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Missing some Christmas decorations? Are your old ones worn out from years of use? Looking to replace them? Look no further! We've got you covered this year. Check out our list of holiday decor that will help brighten and warm your home while still reminding you of the true meaning of Christmas. You're sure to find something special your family will love seeing displayed year after year.
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November 09, 2020 04:45 PM MST
Each November, as the air turns from crisp to chill and pumpkins on front porches are replaced with evergreen wreaths, the excitement of the season starts to settle in. Just before the hustle and bustle takes over, there is a small window where we can simply soak in the anticipation of all that is to come and relish in the nostalgia of holidays past. It is a season of gathering: heads bowed in unison as prayers of thanks are offered over turkey dinners and extra slices of pecan pie, familiar carols sung a bit off-key with those you love most, and the hope and peace that come from setting aside differences and distractions to worship together in honor of the Christ child.
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November 06, 2020 09:40 PM MST
The Christmas devotional with the First Presidency is just around the corner, and Latter-day Saints, their families, and their friends are invited to participate.
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By  LDS Living
November 06, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Editor's note: The following press release does not represent an LDS Living endorsement of the film. Parents are advised to use their own discretion based on what they deem appropriate for their children to watch.
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November 04, 2020 04:13 PM MST
Do the names Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler sound familiar? What about “Don’t Miss This”? If you’ve followed along with Emily and David, you’ll be excited to see the two teachers featured on the cover of our November/December 2020 issue. But if you haven’t heard of this dynamic teaching duo, we invite you to join us in learning about their popular Come, Follow Me-based YouTube channel, “Don’t Miss This.” With new insight into how they produce the popular videos that have resonated with those young and old who are studying the gospel from home as well as a sneak peek of their plans for the Doctrine and Covenants study next year, we’re sure you’ll be just as charmed with their gospel knowledge and love for their viewers as we are.
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Christmas celebrations on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, usually include hundreds of musical performances throughout the month of December. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Temple Square Performances will hold its Christmas concerts virtually this year, and all are invited to participate.
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By  LDS Living
October 08, 2020 03:53 PM MDT
Though the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square won’t perform in-person in the Conference Center this Christmas, you can still experience the magic of their Christmas music.
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December 23, 2019 10:18 PM MST
The holiday season is a time of reflecting gratefully on those experiences that have drawn us closer to our family and the Savior. These touching, true Christmas stories will warm your heart and help you remember the blessings in your own life.
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December 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in December 2017.
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December 20, 2019 10:12 PM MST
In my childhood, everything wasn’t bliss in our ward Primary, for boys will be boys. The laughter of the boys and the chatter of the girls at times must have been most disconcerting to our Primary leaders.
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December 20, 2019 01:59 PM MST
When I was a seminary student many years ago, I loved short scripture mastery scriptures, as they were easy to memorize. One still lingers in my mind today: “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). Back then, this scripture didn’t mean much to me besides being an easy “check off” on my scripture mastery list. Now 30 years later, after disappointments and stress and challenges and heartbreak, this scripture carries more personal meaning. If men and women exist to be joyful and happy, they why do so many seem to be unhappy and depressed? If happiness is the design of our existence, has that design been thwarted?
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December 19, 2019 09:08 AM MST
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2016.
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December 16, 2019 04:01 PM MST
Sunny Mahe has a pink Christmas tree in her home.
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December 16, 2019 09:40 AM MST
I remember a program on PBS a few years ago in which Carl Sagan was explaining how the universe came into being. The idea that impressed me the most was his description of how the Big Bang blew billions of tons of particulate matter to all corners of the universe—dust, if you want to call it that.
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By  Emily Abel
December 13, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me study of the Christmas story. Suggested readings include Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
December 13, 2019 09:00 AM MST
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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By  LDS Living
December 11, 2019 10:05 PM MST
The following letter previously ran on LDS Living in 2015.
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December 10, 2019 07:45 PM MST
When my oldest boys were little, I took them to an amusement park because I’m such a rocking dad. During lunch, while we were all standing in line for a million-dollar hamburger, I looked down to where my son Jack had been standing right next to me. He wasn’t there.
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