13 Witnesses or Christ's Birth



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We have videos of the witnesses of Christ’s Birth to share with you. See below for details. What a wonderful time of year, I love the Christmas spirit.

While I was on my mission we would ask those in the Netherlands why there was a Christmas (or Easter) holiday. I was shocked at how many did not know why. It would literally surprise us when we came across someone who would know the answer was a celebration of Jesus the Christ. As the years have passed I’ve noticed the same trend happening in America.

My sister teaches at a public school in Wisconsin and they are reading ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” She planned a whole lesson for these third graders to talk about the background of the book before they began reading. She asked, “Raise your hand if you have heard of Jesus.” Less than half the class raised their hand. She was happy she got to tell them and sad they didn’t know.

We have a work to do – Keep the message of Jesus alive in the hearts of ourselves and our neighbors.

I asked myself, “What could I give this Christmas to keep his message alive?” I created thirteen short videos about the Witnesses of the Christmas Story to share with you.

There are thirteen videos with a write-up and a picture to go along with each of the thirteen witnesses. You can find activities to go with each at lds.org.

My wish is that you enjoy them, ponder and come up with your own thoughts and feelings about these specially called witnesses of the Birth of Jesus Christ and keep the message alive in your hearts and the hearts of those you love.

Merry Christmas!

13 Witnesses or Christ's Birth


About the teacher

Tresta Neil

Tresta is a mother of eight darling children and many borrowed children. Her husband introduced her to the idea of homeschooling after her fourth was born and she thought he was crazy. Twenty years later she is a strong advocate for homeschooling. She is a mentor for homeschool mothers and their parenting/schooling/mental needs. Her favorite homeschool subject is symbolic math. She is the author of God Saw That It Was Good and other homeschooling books. She is the co-founder of Called to Learn, restoring and preserving Gospel culture of learning patterned after the temple, with her husband, Thom. She and her son, Izaak, have a podcast called, Gospel Theory. Her passion is teaching, writing, and telling God’s Story. If you ask her about her most embarrassing moment she will tell you a story about sitting on a cactus.

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