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Teaching Nursery Children about the Nativity

By Karen Austin

As a nursery teacher, my task is to think about how I can teach gospel concepts to very small children. This opportunity carries a little extra weight in December while we are also doing a Primary preview. Each fall, we split the nursery after General Conference so that we can work with the prospective Sunbeams, …

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Best Gift

By Megan Wilcox Goates

I’d like to tell you the story of the best Christmas present I ever received. It does not involve a doll, or shoes, or a new dress, or any other tropes from Christmas songs and stories. Not that there’s anything wrong with dolls, dresses, and shoes. They’re great. But they aren’t this gift. This story …

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Authentic Savior

By Kimberly Sears

“We are daughters of our Heavenly Parents, who love us, and we love them.” Those were the words that popped out of my mouth unrehearsed a few months ago while reciting the Young Women Theme, and I’ve said it that way ever since. I’m not trying to “steady the ark” or usurp authority over a …

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Mary Keeps All These Things

By Susan Elizabeth Howe

I stir the innkeeper’s sympathy only when my water breaks and runs down my leg, soaking my blue robe, and I have to lean against his shabby door; he looks at me through splintered eyes. I have come down from the donkey in the great bell of my body, the weight of the child and …

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Puffy-Eyed Perfection and the Nativity

By Kellie Purcill

Somewhere tangled in the tinsel and light of several Christmas Pasts, I saw a small picture of Brian Kershisnik’s ‘Nativity’ online. The screen colours were tired, but the exuberance and hinted detail of the painting shone through regardless. One day, I promised myself, that is going to be a present to myself. Fast forward years …

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