Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805, before there were Christmas trees, lights, or even presents. Typically, during that time period, parents may have gathered children around to read the Christmas story together, but after that, it was business as usual, especially on a working farm.
Lucy Mack Smith, while reflecting on her son’s entrance into the world, said his birth was forgettable, or at least uneventful. He was a pretty normal child, until he exhibited a glimpse of his valiant spirit by enduring a horrendous operation, which included cutting out infected bone, without anesthesia.
As commercial as Jesus Christ’s birth has become, because of Santa Claus, mall shopping, and setting the perfect table, Latter-day Saints have an opportunity to pause to celebrate quietly the birth of one of the best men who ever lived. In celebrating Joseph’s birth, we are also celebrating the Christ child’s birth. Note the similarities: Continue reading