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Published: Thursday, Dec. 23 2010 5:30 a.m. MST

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megen
Truth or Consequences, NM

I'll be reflecting on Christ, not Snith this Christmas, contrary to the authors advice.

IndependentLiberal
Salt Lake City, UT

As for me and mine...Christ is the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas

Considering
Stockton, UT

What a shame that some posters are so hostile to all things LDS as to misrepresent the article and even attempt to subtly call into question LDS devotion to Christ.

Were a story to appear about Washington's arrive in Valley Forge near Christmastime, would it be at all appropriate for European Christians to question the faith of their American fellows who might pause to consider that aspect of history? Ditto for annual Pearl Harbor day remembrances.

So why the need to so quickly attack LDS for recalling significant events in their church history that coincide with the Christmas season?

Christ is the reason for the season. But informed Christians and even skeptical secular scholars all agree that Jesus was most certainly NOT born in December, but likely in the spring. The December celebration is a borrowing of pagan winter rituals.

It is good to remember our Lord's birth. But it was the atonement/passion, death, and resurrection that really makes the birth most important.

Oh that we could enjoy that which ties us together rather than looking for every jot or tittle that might divide. Live for some good rather than just attacking something you dislike.

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full disclosure
Providence, UT

I would sincerely like to thank the first two people that commented. "Considering" from Stockon no one attacked anything.

And honestly haven't we worshipped Joseph enough? What this article did for me and probably a lot of others is put more of an emphasis on Joseph Smith than on the Savior at this very special time of year. It's Christ-mas and I don't care what month Christ was born in. I'm just gratefu lthat we can take time and reflect on his Birth, his life, his resurrection.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

A few years ago, I did a Relief Society program on the 200th year of Joseph Smiths birthday, we did a parallel portrayal of the births and events around them. It really was a neat experience, but of course the Saviors birth, which we celebrate now, which is not the actual time of his birth, is the most important birth ever on this earth. But for those who are living in this dispensation, the birth of Joseph Smith is the 2nd most important birth, without him, we would not have the restoration of the Gospel, we would not have temples and the sealing power that makes it so we can live with our Father in Heaven and Savior for eternity. So today, I honor and celebrate Joseph Smiths birthday, in two days I will honor and celebrate the Saviors birthday. Oh and four more birthdays that are important to me, my grandfather, my father, my daughter and my granddaughter. They are all every other day and within ten days of each other. And I treasure their births also, but still, my Savior is the top of the list.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

To full disclosure:

Members of the LDS Church do not and I must repeat do not worship Joseph Smith. This is a falicy. We do revere him as a prophet of God. The article brought out what was occurring at the time of his birth and what types of celebration was going on. Nothing more and nothing less.

It is a time to reflect upon the Birth of the Savior but that birth would have meant nothing with his atonement. It would have been just another birth otherwise.

Joseph Smith's birth does take place now and as a prophet should be remembered especially as the one who the Lord used to restore the true Gospel to the earth.

Wally West
SLC, UT

re: Considering | 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2010

2nd Nephi 25:26 and 3rd Nephi 27:8

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