Jesus Christ Was Born on Earth
To help the children understand the importance of Jesus Christ’s birth.
- Prepare a copy of the star puzzle hand out for each child. Cut out the puzzle pieces, and clip them together or put them in an envelope for each child.
- A sheet of colored paper for each child.
- Glue or paste.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Have you ever waited for something special to happen?
What was it? (The children’s responses might include the birth of a new baby, a visit from grandparents, a birthday, their baptism, and so forth.)
Did it seem like a long time to wait?
How did you feel when it finally happened?
Give the children an opportunity to share experiences and express the feelings of excitement that they had. You might wish to share an event that you looked forward to.
Since the time of Adam, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. He promised to send to earth his Son, who would be the Savior of the world. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this great event. They knew Heavenly Father would keep his promise. They waited for Jesus to be born.
Jesus Christ’s Birth Was Announced in America
As you talk about each prophet put them on the timeline.
Throughout the Book of Mormon, the prophets talked about and looked forward to the birth of Jesus Christ. The Nephites had the brass plates which contained many of the ancient prophecies; but they also had their own prophets who foretold the birth of Jesus Christ. The members of Christ’s Church looked forward to the Savior’s birth and prayed about it for many years.
Have the children take turns choosing a present and revealing the sign of Christ’s birth that is underneath. After they have revealed the sign, put the prophet that prophesied about the sign on the timeline. Read the scripture that is on the present.
The prophet Isaiah lived bout 740 B.C. (B.C. means before the birth of Christ). Place Isaiah on the timeline. Isaiah prophesied that Mary would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 7:14 Virgin means a pure, unmarried woman. Isaiah also said that Jesus would come to earth as a baby. Isaiah 9:6
Nephi had a vision of the birth of Christ. Place Nephi on the timeline. Whom did Nephi see in a vision? (1 Nephi 11:18–21. Nephi lived 600 B.C.
Alma prophesied of who the mother of Christ would be. Place Alma on the timeline. Alma lived about 80 B.C.
Samuel the Lamanite
Place Samuel on the timeline. Five years before the birth of Jesus, a prophet named Samuel
was called by God to prepare the people for the birth of Jesus. He was to warn them to repent and believe in the Savior. Samuel was a Lamanite. The Nephites had become wicked and would not listen. They became so angry with Samuel that they threw him out of their city. But the voice of the Lord came to Samuel and told him to return again. He courageously climbed upon the city wall
and told the people to repent and prepare themselves for the coming birth of Jesus Christ.
Samuel told the people that in five years Jesus Christ would come to earth. The event that had been foretold for so long was actually coming very soon. Samuel explained that certain things would happen that would tell them that Jesus had been born in Bethlehem. The night before Jesus was born there would be great lights in the sky. They would be so bright that during the night there would be no darkness. At night it would be as light as if it were daytime
Read Helaman 14:5 to the class. What did Samuel tell the Nephites to look for?
(A new star.)
Tell the children that Samuel the Lamanite told the Nephites that they would see a new star in the sky when Jesus was born. Samuel knew this because he had been told by an angel that these signs would come. Why do you think Heavenly Father sent an angel to tell Samuel these things? (So he could tell the people.)
Why do you think Heavenly Father wanted Samuel to tell the Nephites about these signs? To let them know when Jesus was born and to try to get the people to repent.
Heavenly Father sent an angel to tell Samuel about the coming events. He wanted the people in America to be looking forward to Jesus Christ’s birth. Heavenly Father wanted them to know it was coming soon.
Five years after Samuel told the Nephites that Jesus would be born, the Church members were waiting for the signs that Samuel had told them about. They were watching for the night without darkness that would signal his birth. The wicked people, who did not believe Samuel’s words, told the faithful followers that they would put them to death if the signs did not appear by a certain day.
Put Nephi on the timeline. The prophet at that time was a man named Nephi
. Nephi was worried about what the unbelievers would do to the righteous people if the signs did not come by the day the unbelievers had chosen. He was so full of sorrow that he prayed to Heavenly Father because of the troubles they were having. Nephi prayed all day. Then the voice of the Lord came to Nephi.
Read 3 Nephi 1:13 to the children. How do you think Nephi felt when he heard Jesus Christ speak these words?
Nephi was comforted and knew that Jesus would be born the next day. That very evening the first sign came.
What happened that night? The night came, but there was no darkness. The people were surprised that there didn’t seem to be any night. They became so amazed that they fell to the earth. The righteous people knew that the time had arrived that they had looked forward to for many years. They knew that Jesus Christ was going to be born.
The Birth of Christ
A long, long time ago, nearly 2,000 years ago, God sent the angel Gabriel
to a young woman who lived in Nazareth. The woman’s name was Mary
and she was going to marry Joseph
Mary was afraid when she saw the angel but the angel Gabriel said “Peace be with you. God has blessed you and is pleased with you.” He told Mary that she would be having a baby. It would be a baby boy and his name would be Jesus. He will be God’s son.
When Mary told Joseph that she was going to give birth to the Son of God he was worried. An angel appeared to Joseph and said “Don’t be afraid to have Mary as your wife”. The angel said that Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus. He also told Joseph that Jesus would be the Savior to all mankind. Joseph did as the angel said and he and Mary were married.
Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth and at this time there was a census. The census was ordered because the officials wanted to make sure everyone was paying their taxes. Everyone was ordered to return to the town where their families originally came from. Joseph was from Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was a long way to travel and Mary was going to have a baby at any time
Because of the census a lot of people were traveling back to the places where their families had originally come from, the town was full. Mary and Joseph had to travel very slowly because she was going to have a baby. By the time they reached Bethlehem there was no place to stay. All the inns were full. The only place that Mary and Joseph could find was a stable with the animals
. Mary gave birth to Jesus in the stable and Jesus sleep in a manger
Who were in the fields near Bethlehem that night? (Shepherds, who were watching their flocks.)
Outside of Bethlehem,
shepherds were looking after their sheep.
An angel came to them and said. “Today in Bethlehem a Savior has been born.” The angel told them that the baby was laying in a manger. Many angels appeared and the shepherds heard them say “Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth”
Heavenly Father wanted everyone to know about his gift to us, so he placed a beautiful new star in the sky
Wise men saw the star and knew what it meant, that the Savior was born. They wanted to bring him gifts. The Wise men followed the star. They followed the star to Jesus. The Wise men brought gifts to show that they loved and honored Jesus. Who remembers what the gifts were? The Wise men brought Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense and myrrh were sweet-smelling perfumes used in religious ceremonies. All three gifts were valuable and difficult to get. The Wise Men wanted to bring Jesus the nicest gifts they could find. The Wise men bow down and worshipped Jesus, they knew he was the Savior, the Son of Heavenly Father.
The Savior had been born. The faith that they had had for many years now turned to great joy as they saw the new star in the sky. Even though the Nephites were unable to go see the child, they knew his birth was important to them.
Why did Heavenly Father make sure that the Nephites saw the star? (So they would know that Jesus Christ was born.)
How do you think the Nephites felt when they saw the star?
Jesus Christ’s birth was important to everyone. It was something that people had looked forward to for many years, and it really happened.
It is not necessary for us to see an angel or a star each Christmas to tell us that Jesus Christ was born. We know this is true. We know it is important for us. We can feel the same joy that the shepherds and the Nephites felt when they knew he had been born. We feel this by spreading the love and joy of his birth to others.
How can you share the joy of Jesus Christ’s birth with others?
Bear your testimony about the importance of Jesus Christ’s birth and how we can share love and joy with others.
Distribute a set of puzzle pieces to each child. Have them put their puzzles together and glue them on a piece of colored paper. After all the children have finished, read the message on the star: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Who received this message from an angel? (The shepherds in the field.)
Who received the star as a sign of Jesus Christ’s birth? (The Nephites and the people in Jerusalem.)
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
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