Heavenly Father planned for Jesus to be born into a family
(Friend Dec. 2004, suggestin # 3)

To prepare, invite a mother, father, and baby to portray:

Use a sing-a-story (see TNGC, pp. 174–75) of favorite Christmas songs to teach children that Heavenly Father planned for Jesus to be born into a family.

Older children could read the scripture references at the bottom of the song pages.

Pictures from the GAK (200, 201, 202, 203, 314) or the Primary manuals (1–76 and 2–6) could be used.

Suggested sing-a-story:

Sing: First verse of "The Nativity Song" (pp. 52–53).

Tell: Many prophets testified of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Samuel, a prophet who came to Zarahemla, also foretold of His birth (see Helaman 14:2–6).

Sing: "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus" (p. 36).

Tell: God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary. He told her she would have a baby boy and should name Him Jesus. The baby would be the Son of Heavenly Father. One night an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him Mary's baby was the Son of God and that he should marry her. Jesus would be the Savior of the world (see Matthew 1:18–21). Joseph and Mary were married, and he took care of her. Joseph and Mary had to leave Nazareth and go to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. The baby would be born soon (see Luke 2:2–6).

Sing:  "When Joseph Went to Bethlehem" (pp. 38–39).

Tell: When they arrived in Bethlehem, they found a stable for Mary to have her baby in. And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger (see Luke 2:7).

Sing:  "Away in a Manger" (pp. 42–43).

Tell: Joseph and Mary named the baby Jesus (see Luke 2:21). Have the mother representing Mary

Sing: "Mary's Lullaby" (pp. 44–45).

Tell: While the shepherds were in the fields, an angel came to them and told them the Savior had been born. The shepherds went to Bethlehem and saw the baby Jesus. They were happy they had seen the Savior (see Luke 2:8–12, 15–17, 20).

Sing: "Stars Were Gleaming" (p. 37).

Bear testimony that Heavenly Father planned for Jesus to be born into a family. We are blessed as we sing praise to Him and remember Jesus Christ this Christmas.

Sing:  "Picture a Christmas" (pp. 50–51)