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Musings on the Birth of the Savior Jesus Christ

TitleMusings on the Birth of the Savior Jesus Christ
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsFrederickson, Kristine Wardle
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsAnna (Prophetess); Christmas; Elisabeth (Mother of John the Baptist); Heavenly Mother; Jesus Christ, Birth of; Mary (Mother of Jesus)

In this essay, Kristine Wardle Frederickson muses about “the babe born in Bethlehem,” and who he was — and is — in consideration of those who nurtured, loved, and welcomed the infant Jehovah to Earth. Certain women played critical roles in preparing him for his infinite and eternal Atonement, and that preparation began long before Jesus came to Earth. Four women stand out as devoted mentors, disciples, and witnesses of Jesus Christ’s mission, and of his sublime perfection even on that first Christmas day: Heavenly Mother, Mary, Elisabeth, and Anna. At Christmastime, their witnesses are worthy of deep contemplation as they reinforce the majesty and glory of Jesus Christ, who condescended to enter mortality as an innocent baby, under humble circumstances. Carefully nurtured and loved, he lived a perfect life, pointed the way to salvation, and sacrificed his life that all might live.