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On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the first ever Asia Area Christmas Devotional presented by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Asia will be available for viewing on Church YouTube channels. Created with love to the world, the 50-minute long devotional marks a significant milestone by bringing together members across Asia in experiencing the true spirit of Christmas through the rich cultures, languages and testimonies of Asia.
Although Christmas is a major season around the world, in Asia it is perceived more as a commercial holiday. Hence, the purpose of the devotional is to teach people about the birth of Christ, explain the true reason why we celebrate Christmas, and motivate people to think about ways to follow the Savior’s example. Scripture references to the nativity and questions to ponder are incorporated into the devotional to encourage reflection on these spiritual themes.
The devotional features a medley of Christmas music and performances from participating congregations in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Amongst its diverse musical offerings are choral music, duets by concert pianists and female vocalists, and traditional instruments in local music arrangements. The talents of Asia are on accompanying display in nativity re-enactments, dramatizations, dance, native costumes, specially transformed indoor meetinghouse sets and stunning scenic locations.
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