This year we have studied the birth, life, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now it’s almost Christmas and we have come around full circle again to the birth of Christ.
It’s impossible to talk about Christmas without talking about Christ.
It’s impossible to study the New Testament without talking about Christ.
And, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s impossible to talk about Christ without also talking about covenants. Elder Bednar has taught:
“We are connected by covenant with the Father and the Son. We become children of the covenant. The Savior says, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I shall give you rest for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The invitation to come unto him. How do you do that in a very practical way? How do you come unto Him? …
Think of being yoked and now walking with him. That to me is a glorious image of knowing that we are never alone. We have the companionship of the Holy Ghost but we are also yoked to and with the resurrected and the living Christ, by covenant.”
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is ultimately about families being yoked to Christ through covenants.
And, it’s impossible to talk about covenants and Christ without also talking about eternal families:
“Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”
At this Christmas season, our team at The Family Proclamation.org would like to echo Nephi’s declaration: “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ” because through Christ comes covenants that bind families together forever.
Art: Yong Sung Kim