Some of my fondest memories are during Christmas. Actually, Christmas has been my favorite Holiday for as long as I can remember. I loved the time together with family, I loved the food, I loved the anticipation of Santa Claus, I love Christmas.
There are two Christmas stories for Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The first is the very commonly known story of the Christ child being born to the the virgin Mary. This is the true and accurate story of the birth of the Savior of the World.
However, it isn’t the complete story. You will remember that Christ said, “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold” (John 10:16). This fold knew of the birth of the Saviour. They knew that Christ was born because they too saw the star in the sky. They also had three days of no darkness and many other signs of his coming.
These other sheep were located in America. Yes, the Native American people were aware of the birth of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
His birth (and the signs that would be shown) was prophecied by the religious leaders in America at the time. Samuel was on of those prophets. Who warned the people to repent and prepare for his coming. Many did come to believe Samuel.
However, their faith was tried, for at the time that Christ was to be born came nearer, those who refused to believe threatened to kill the believers if the signs didn’t come.
The signs came shortly after the threats had come. The evidence of his birth was given to all in America, and many more joined the fold of Christ believers. Others remained staunch in their protests of Christ.
Christ was born in a stable and laid in a manger as a bed. This all happened in Jerusalem. But remember that angels declared his birth throughout the world. Even to thouse separated by an ocean, in America.