What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 200: The Birth of Jesus, GAK 203: The Wise Men, Gifts for the Savior print out, writing utensils or coloring tools, glue stick, string, yarn or gold twine.
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Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-2, 10-11
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Opening Song: With Wondering Awe (LDS Hymn #210)
(show GAK 200: The Birth of Jesus)
In December we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many came to see him to celebrate his birth.
Who was there?
Wise men in the east saw a new star in the sky. They knew this star meant the Messiah had been born, so they traveled to Jerusalem.
(show GAK 203: The Wise Men)
They saw a sign of His birth. A new star. The star led the wise men to young Jesus, “and when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him..."
When they came what did they bring with them?
- Gifts (or three gifts)
"...and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”. (Matthew 2:11)
We are going to talk about these three gifts.
GOLD: Gold has always been very precious in old times and now. It's a gift fit for royalty. It showed that the Wisemen knew the Christ child would one day be a King
FRANKINCENSE: Frankincence is a sort of small rock made from resin from a tree. You can burn it and it makes a smoke in the air. People at the time of Christ's birth thought it would make you feel calm, peaceful and happy. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ can makes us feel calm, peaceful and happy. Ancient people burned frankincense, believing it would carry their prayers to heaven. We pray to Heavenly Father in Jesus' name because He is the way we can return to our Father in Heaven.
MYRRH: Myrrh is another sort of small rock made from resin from a tree. But Myrrh was believed to be healing. It was given to the sick to heal them make them feel better. Jesus heals our sorrows through His atonement. Myrrh was also used to make bodies smell good when someone passed away. As an embalming ointment it showed that He was born to Die for the world. In fact, Myrrh was one of the burial spices of Jesus. (John 19:39)
- Why do you think the Wisemen brought gifts with them? (to celebrate his birth, to show they loved him)
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ we can also give gifts to the Savior. Our gifts will not be actual presents that we buy at the store, but we can give him even more important gifts. We can give him gifts from our hearts.
Jesus Christ wants us to be happy and follow his teachings. We can give him gifts by following his teachings, being kind to others or working on something we struggle with.
(Give each child a Gift for the Savior card - CLICK HERE to download - and a pen or coloring tool)
On your card write or draw your gift (or gifts) for the Savior this holiday Season. It is private, no one else will read it. It is a special present from you to Jesus.
It can be fighting less with your family, helping mom more, being more reverent in church, stopping saying a word you know you shouldn't say. It could be reading your scriptures, remembering to pray every morning and night or thinking of Him each week when you take the sacrament. It could be sharing a Book of Mormon with a non-member friend.
Each time you see your paper on the tree remember your gift for the Savior. try your very best to do what you said you would do. Your heart will be happier this holiday season and so will his.
Bear your testimony about the birth of Christ and our opportunity to give him the gift of our obedience. Encourage your children to use this opportunity to write down something and really follow it and that they will be blessed if they do.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the DECEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: YOUR CHOICE
Engage in a family filled Christmas activity together. Make holiday cookies, salt dough ornaments, sing carols.