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Come Follow Me 2019: Luke 2; Mathew 2
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Luke 2; Matthew 2

January 14–20 “We Have Come to Worship Him”

Reading Materials

The birth of Jesus Christ is a revered tradition among many Christian faiths. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has additional insight into the birth of Jesus Christ thanks to the stories found in the Book of Mormon. In Helaman and 3 Nephi, Book of Mormon prophets testified of and witnessed the sign of the Savior’s birth in the Americas.

In addition to the passages in the New Testament, consider reading the following accounts of the Savior’s birth from the perspective of the Nephites and Lamanites in the New World.

  • Helaman 14
  • 3 Nephi 1

Lynne Wilson, "Matthew 2 and Luke 2," Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, 2019.

Jeffrey R. Chadwich, “Dating the Birth of Christ,” BYU Studies 49, no. 4 (2010): 4–38.

Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment, “When Was Jesus Born? A Response to a Recent Proposal,” BYU Studies 51, no. 3 (2012): 53–81.

John W. Welch, “What on Earth are Swaddling Clothes?,” New Testament Commentary, accessed on December 5, 2018.

John W. Welch, “Christmas Stories,” FARMS Review 21, no. 2 (2009): 31–46.

Robert J. Matthews, “Mary and Joseph: Heirs of David, Highly Favored, Guardians of Our Lord,” Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship transcript.

Paul Thomas Smith, “Birth of the Messiah,” Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship transcript.

Doris Dant and Richard Oman, “’Behold the Condescension of God’: A Scriptural Perspective on Three Nativity Scenes,” BYU Studies 41, no. 3 (2002): 18–34.

A Book of Mormon Christmas,” New Era 23, no. 12 (December 1993).

Teaching Visuals

Videos

Images

Flight into Egypt
Robert T. Barrett, LDS Media Library
The Nativity
Ted Henninger, LDS Media Library
The Birth of Jesus
Carl Heinrich Bloch, LDS Media Library
Behold the Lamb of God
Walter Rane, LDS Media Library
Behold the Lamb of God
Robert T. Barrett, LDS Media Library
Good Tidings of Great Joy
Walter Rane, LDS Media Library
Journey of the Magi
James Tissot, LDS Media Library

Charts

 “The Birth of Jesus: A Noble King or a Lowly Shepherd?,” Charting the New Testament
 “The Birth of Jesus: A Noble King or a Lowly Shepherd?,” Charting the New Testament

“Dating the Birth of Christ,” Charting the New Testament
Dating the Birth of Christ,” Charting the New Testament