Our family is doing something a little different this year for our family scripture study. Usually at Christmas-time we do replace our normal reading with scriptures about the birth of the Savior, both in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. Last year we included watching a few of the Bible videos produced by the Church. I really liked that.
But this year I got the idea to sing a Christmas hymn each night and then read the verses that are listed with the hymn. And I have to say that I love this! I love the Spirit I feel in our home as we sing, and the scripture reading ends up being slightly different than it is with traditional readings. For example, tonight we sang #205 “Once in Royal David’s City” and then read Mosiah 3:5-8.
5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.
7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.
8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
So if you are looking for a simple way to remember the Savior these last few days before Christmas, give this idea a try! You may find that you love it too!
And in case anyone is looking for more ideas, here are 5 more ways to focus on Him this season.
What are your favorite ways to remember the Savior at this time of year?