Celebrating Advent: Keeping Jesus Christ the focus of the season
In some traditions, the central candle lit on Christmas Eve represents the Advent theme of presence, indicating that just as Jehovah came to be with his people that first Christmas, he can be present in our lives now if we open our hearts to him. Because we use many Book of Mormon passages in our Advent celebration, we have come to use that fifth candle for a new Advent theme, that of Salvation. This is because every prophecy of the coming of Jesus in the Book of Mormon is also tightly linked to why the Son of God came into the world — to suffer, die, and rise again for us all.
Eric D. Huntsman is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and is the author of "Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Birth" published by Deseret Book.
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