#ChristmasDevo — with a twist
In a slight deviation from previous years, the First Presidency conducted Sunday night’s Christmas Devotional by featuring speakers from other general authorities and auxiliary presidencies.
But the highlight was still an address by Pres. Thomas S. Monson, who presided at the event.
"The real joy of Christmas comes when we make the Savior the focus of the season," Pres. Monson said in the devotional’s first address. "The Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit that makes our heart grow in brotherly love and prompts us to feel Christ’s love."
Along with the usual array of Christmas music performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (including the session-ending “Silent Night” by the choir and congregation) viewers were treated to discourses by Sister Rosemary Wixom of the Primary General Presidency, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"Christmas time is cherished family time," Elder Nelson said. "Family time is sacred time."
Unlike in past years, the other members of the First Presidency (Henry B. Eyring and Deiter F. Uchtdorf) did not speak. Pres. Uchtdorf conducted the meeting.
You can view the devotional in its entirety on lds.org and byutv.org, or by clicking here.
What did you take out of this year’s devotional? What was your favorite quote, phrase or moment from this year’s speakers? Did you enjoy the format change?