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The Bible proclaims the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We all know the classic rendering of Luke 2 which is tradition to read every year, as well as all the prophesies concerning the Lord's birth throughout all the Bible.

The introduction to the Book of Mormon says:

The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.

Being that the Book of Mormon is comparable to the Bible as a volume of scripture, what is the Book of Mormon's story of Christmas? Is it the same (consistent with the Bible)?

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Are you going to post an answer to this? Surely you know it, and answering your own question (sharing knowledge question and answer style) is encouraged on StackExchange sites. –  David Stratton Dec 15 '13 at 19:20
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See: The Book of Mormon Story of Christmas –  Matt Dec 15 '13 at 20:31

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The Book of Mormon does not have a "story of Christmas" in the same sense as the Bible does, because it was not set in the land of Israel (except for the very beginning of the book.) Therefore, there is no coverage of the birth of the baby Jesus and the events surrounding it.

It does, however, repeatedly prophesy of the coming of the Savior, that he would be born at Jerusalem and that he would be born of a virgin. Also, in Helaman chapter 14, we have a prophecy of the birth of Christ, and also of his death, and of the signs that would be given. Interestingly, these signs are consistent with the Biblical events mentioned, but also much greater than them. At Jesus's birth, a new star appeared in the sky, and also the sky remained as light as day throughout the night, even though everyone saw the sun go down. And when Christ died, there were not only earthquakes, but immense devastation throughout the land, consistent with a major volcanic eruption.

The bit about Christ being born at Jerusalem is very interesting, since the Bible clearly states that he was born in Bethlehem, a small town a ways away from the great city. While at first glance this appears to be an obvious error in the Book of Mormon, modern scholarship has shown the exact opposite: the non-Biblical phrase "the land of Jerusalem" used in the Book of Mormon was an authentic term used to describe the entire region, as shown by writings found in both the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Tell el Amarna letters.

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Thanks, Mason. Even though the events of the Book of Mormon happened in the Americas and not in Jerusalem, I would have to say that it does have its own "story of Christmas", and that is what I'd like to share.

Samuel's prophecy

We have a Primary song -- a children's hymn -- that I'd like to share. It's called "Christmas in Zarahemla", and it goes like this:

Said Samuel, “Within five years

A night will be as day,

And Baby Jesus will be born

In a land far, far away.”

Across the sea in Bethlehem,

Lord Jesus came to earth.

As Samuel had prophesied,

And angels sang His birth.

Chorus

Hosanna! Hosanna!

Oh, let us gladly sing.

How blessed that our Lord was born;

Let earth receive her King.

Samuel is the prophet who gave the prophecy mentioned by Mason. The sign he prophesied would appear was a day, a night, and a day that would appear as one day, because the sun would go down and the sky would stay bright.

(As an aside, I love the music that goes along with that song. You can hear it at the provided link).

I have another part to share, but don't have time to share it now. But enjoy the music!

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