Foretold With Joy
Long ago before the birth of our dear
Our first parents spoke of the peace God would bring.
Adam and Eve gathered
their littles ones near,
And taught of the way past all sin and fear.
They spoke of salvation
of repentance and love,
They spoke of their Savior who would come from above.
The mighty Jehovah
would be born to save all,
To suffer and atone, raising men from their fall.
The first Christmas stories were told long before,
The birth of our Savior, for by faith men saw more.
Lehi testified that in six hundred years,
Our King will be born, to wipe all our tears.
To cleanse from transgression and make us new,
With faith Lehi taught of all that he knew.
Songs of thanksgiving, praises were brought,
His witness of love will not be forgot.
Abraham knew in his own special way,
The light of deliverance for
he felt one day,
He laid on the altar tied and bound,
His cry toward heaven, faiths pure sound.
The Savior answered and set him free,
This in similitude of what would be.
For He came to each as He took our pain,
His agony and love, to wash our stain.
The story of Christmas was told with care,
By prophets and apostles
called to share.
Isaiah bore witness of the birth of love,
A son given by our Father above.
His words powerful revealed the way,
He spoke of justice and a brighter day.
The government upon our Holy King,
He saw the peace that Christ would bring.
Long before that holy night,
Men beheld God’s sacred light.
Angels were sent to declare the way,
God’s birth foretold to light their day.
Benjamin saw an angel and knew,
His message of peace was great and true.
For Christ would
come to save all men,
That we might repent and live again.
Alma held hope through the gift of God’s Son,
He had seen and felt what would be won.
Lost to darkness and misery,
It was Jesus and love that set him free.
day in Alma there was a place,
For the gift of God, for hope and grace.
The Christmas story
he spread with zeal,
For he knew that God could cleanse and heal.
From the very beginning of man’s fall,
God’s angels sent a hopeful call.
Delivering a promise of redemption and light,
The story of Christmas, so clear and bright.
Samuel said, “there is none holy as the Lord,”
He is my rock, my way, my word.
He knew that Jehovah would live and be,
The one to save and set men free.
Gather my people and read with me,
Let’s turn the pages and
The plan of salvation, prepared above,
When Christ stood forth with perfect
Offering Himself with the greatest care,
He humbly sought to give and share.
The gift of Christmas a story divine,
May it live in you, and brightly shine.
Written by Michelene Glasson
"And Adam and Eve, his wife, called upon the name of the Lord, and they heard the voice of the Lord from the way toward the Garden of Eden, speaking unto them, and they saw him not; for they were shut out from
his presence.And he gave unto them commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, for an offering unto the Lord. And Adam was obedient unto the commandments of the
Lord. And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me. And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice
of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth. Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore. And Adam and Eve
blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters."Moses 5:4-8,12
"Yea, even six hundred years from
the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world. And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning
this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world." 1 Nephi 10:4-5
"And as they lifted up their hands upon me, that they might offer me up and take away
my life, behold, I lifted up my voice unto the Lord my God, and the Lord hearkened and heard, and he filled me with the vision of the Almighty, and the angel of his presence stood by me, and immediately unloosed my bands; And his voice was unto me: Abraham,
Abraham, behold, my name is Jehovah, and I have heard thee, and have come down to deliver thee, and to take thee away from thy father’s house, and from all thy kinsfolk, into a strange land which thou knowest not of." Abraham 1:15-16
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
"And the things which
I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me. And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad
tidings of great joy. For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy. For behold,
the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth
amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell
in the hearts of the children of men. And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the
wickedness and the abominations of his people. And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary. And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation
might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him. And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold,
he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men. For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not
knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned. But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." Mosiah 3:2-12
"Now, behold, I say unto you, if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things; but God has, by the mouth of his holy angel, made these things
known unto me, not of any worthiness of myself; For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way. And behold, he spake unto us, as it were the voice of thunder, and the
whole earth did tremble beneath our feet; and we all fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us. But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise. And I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel. And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed,
seek no more to destroy the church of God. And it came to pass that I fell to the earth; and it was for the space of three days and three nights that I could not open my mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs. And the angel spake more things unto me, which
were heard by my brethren, but I did not hear them; for when I heard the words—If thou wilt be destroyed of thyself, seek no more to destroy the church of God—I was struck with such great fear and amazement lest perhaps I should be destroyed, that
I fell to the earth and I did hear no more. But I was racked with eternal torment, for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins. Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell;
yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments. Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of
coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror. Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds. And now,
for three days and for three nights was I racked, even with the pains of a damned soul. And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy
unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world. Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness,
and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death. And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more. And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul
was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain! Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet
as was my joy. Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there. But behold, my limbs did
receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet, and did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God. Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them
to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." Alma 36: 5-24
"There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God." 1 Samuel 2:2