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At the 2020 First Presidency Christmas devotional, the prophet and three other Church leaders spoke of the love, peace, knowledge and joy that come from following Jesus Christ.
The speakers on Sunday, December 6, comprised Church President Russell M. Nelson; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Presidency of the Seventy; and Sister Rebecca L. Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. They spoke from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center Theater on Temple Square. The musical selections from the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square were recorded previously at past Christmas devotionals.
Summaries of each talk are below.
President Russell M. Nelson: “Rivet [Your] Focus on the Savior” This Christmas
The prophet thanked Latter-day Saints for their response to his November 20 video message to share gratitude on social media and give thanks to God in prayer. He also shared a 2019 video rendition of “Silent Night” from 7-year-old Claire Crosby (singing) and himself (accompanying on piano).
President Nelson encouraged everyone to focus on Jesus Christ during this difficult COVID-19 Christmas season.
“During this unprecedented year, when virtually every person in the world has suffered the effects of a global pandemic, there is nothing more important we can do this Christmas than to rivet our focus on the Savior and on the gift of what His life really means to each of us,” President Nelson said. “Our loving Heavenly Father ‘so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16, emphasis added). The Son of God then promised us that ‘whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die’ (John 11:26). What unspeakable, incomparable gifts from the Father and the Son!”
The prophet concluded with a blessing on all watching or listening to the devotional.
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