The Book of Mormon & Luke 2 Nativity Story (with Script)

book-of-mormon-christmas-nativity-program2My wife and I were asked this year to be over our Ward’s Christmas party. Having never pulled off such a large celebration, to say it was a bit overwhelming for us is an understatement. However, it has now been a week since we had the party and we are still active Ü.

While we were planning the party our Ward Mission Leader asked if we would be willing to create a Christmas nativity program that wove together both the Bible and the Book of Mormon’s story of the Savior’s birth. Unfortunately, I was the one tasked writing a script for it. I was surprised how difficult a few paragraphs turned out to be. Yet, in the end I was pleased with the final product.

So, below is the script. If you have any questions/additions/changes feel free to let me know.

SETTING UP: For our program we split our stage into two areas. On the left side was the Bible scene and on the right the Book of Mormon. We also had a narrator who was in front of the curtains for the whole program. The narrator sat  in a comfortable chair we stole from the foyer with a lamp to give a cozy home feeling. He had a book in his lap which had his manuscript in it. When he read we had the different characters come in on stage and silently act out their parts. Other then the readers our program was entirely done by the primary, because of this we did not have the children say anything while on stage. We had limited time to practice and this simplified everything (considerably). One last note, once Mary and Joseph came on to the stage they never left. 

[Before Curtains Open]

NARRATOR: During the Christmas season we celebrate the birth of Christ, but often we only share the story found in the New Testament. However, the Book of Mormon has a story of his miraculous birth. Samuel the Lamanite prophesied five years before Christ’s actual birth about great and amazing signs that would signify the coming of the Savior into the world. Yet, when the time came there were many among the Nephites who did not believe.

[Curtains Open]

3 NEPHI 1 NATIVITY SCENE (1)

[Have on stage before curtains open four or five evil Nephites who will be mocking Nephi while the curtains open. The voice for the scriptures is different then the narrator and is off stage.]

SCRIPTURES: Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.

Now when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.

And he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.

And he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:

[Have a spotlight focus on Nephi when the Lord starts to speak (speaker is off stage). Have Nephi look up into the light. All wicked Nephites leave stage.]

LORD: Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.

[Stage goes dark and Nephi leaves.]

LUKE 2 NATIVITY SCENE (2)

NARRATOR: As the Lord promised Nephi of his coming, we learn in the New Testament that Joseph and Mary, the Savior’s soon to be earthly parents, traveled to Bethlehem to be taxed. Upon their arrival they were unable to find room in an inn and therefore took refuge in a humble stable for the Savior to come into the world.

[Mary and Joseph come onto stage. We had a manager holding the baby Jesus already on stage, which was used to show Mary and Joseph where to go to.]

SCRIPTURES: And so it was, that, while they were there, she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was none to give room for them in the inns.

3 NEPHI 1 NATIVITY SCENE (3)

NARRATOR: In Jerusalem we see our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ born into humble circumstances, but in the promised land of the Nephites his birth is marked with a glorious sign of radiant light that astonished all those who did not believe.

[Have the wicked Nephites back on stage (do not bring on Nephi). Have all the lights focused on them and have the children acting scared and bewildered.]

SCRIPTURES: And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came. And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell to the earth and became as if they were dead

[have all the wicked Nephites fall to the ground]

for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.

And there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day.

And the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.

And a new star did appear, according to the word.

[Have a new star appear of the stable scene with Mary and Joseph.]

LUKE 2 NATIVITY SCENE (4)

[Note: You could easily add here the shepherds being visited by an angel or the wise men seeing the star. However, adding in these scenes made it too long and complicated for our primary, so we didn’t use it. If you write a narrative for this scene let me know and I will add it.]

NARRATOR: With such amazing and astonishing signs there was much talk and wonder among both the people of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Yet, for Mary, now the mortal mother of the Son of God all of these experiences she cherished for she knew her time with her newborn son would be short.

[All the lights now focus on Mary and Joseph and the wicked Nephites leave the stage.]

SCRIPTURES: Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

[A sister wearing all white comes on to stage and stands over Mary and Joseph singing Mary’s Lullaby (Tonight You Are Mine)]

Final Note: After the sister sang her song we invited the entire primary to come up and sing “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night.” This concluded our primary Christmas Nativity program. 

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The Two Christmas Lists

I grew up in Denver, Colorado in a family of nine. Usually with a family that size you can guarantee difficult times, and for my family this was often the case.

To help make ends meet my entire family did a newspaper route. This was no ordinary paper route, in which you see in paintings depicting a young boy riding his bike throwing papers. Rather our paper route had hundreds of papers (sometimes over a thousand) to deliver, which canvassed a significant amount of area.

It required all of us to rise around three in the morning to roll, and by the time we were done our hands were black with ink. To speed up the laborious process, we laid a blanket to collect all our papers. After a paper was rolled we placed it into the middle of the blanket with the mountain of other rolled papers. Often throughout the early morning hours we would need to stop, each grab the edges of the blanket, and carry the papers out to be loaded into the car for delivery.

A system was devised in delivering the papers as well. Each child had a day that he or she was assigned to go out with mom and dad to throw the papers. One parent would drive, the other would throw, and the assigned kid would push the papers up to the front seat to give easier access to the papers for the parent who was throwing. We had a light blue station wagon for many of the years we delivered papers, which made this delivering process run much smoother.

Yet, even with our family’s well-oiled-paper-throwing-system my parents barely scrapped by. There were many wants we children went without because feeding us was the greatest need to be attended to.

As one might imagine Christmas seemed to be the hardest time for my parents. Trying to provide for the basics—and at the same time keeping alive the dream that we can receive anything from Santa as long as we were good—often was hard.

Looking back on my Christmas memories I am amazed at how well my parents made each Christmas magical on such little means. Obviously, they were never able to give us lavish gifts, but there was never a Christmas we went without. Often, though, this was through the help and assistance of anonymous individuals.

This Thanksgiving my parents came to visit my little family. As we talked about the hard times of the past my mom told me some details of one Christmas, which I wasn’t aware of.

She shared that this particular Christmas was a struggle for them to make ends meet. Her and my dad sat down and made two lists. The first list was the needs of the family, which had small, necessary items like socks, t-shirts, and gloves. The second list was the numerous desires and wants of the family and included items like new coats and wanted toys.

With the little newspaper income they had my parents knew it was going to be a stretch to provide for most of the family needs this Christmas. If by chance they were able to meet the needs of the first list they planned to only buy one gift off of the second list, in order to be prudent with any extra funds.

After my parents made these two lists the Bishop of our Ward approached my dad. The Bishop shared that there was a family in the ward who wanted to help with our Christmas and asked my dad for a list of what our family would need. My dad provided him one of the two Christmas lists that he and my mom had created.

It wasn’t until he returned home, and to the horror of my mom, that he realized he had given the Bishop the wrong list. He gave the list that held our family’s numerous wants and desires; not, the list with the much cheaper necessities.

My mom, without wasting a moment after hearing this, went straight way to the Bishop and apologized profusely. The list he had was not the right list, and asked the Bishop to give the generous family the less expensive list. She requested that this anonymous family provide only a little of what we needed and nothing more.

Two nights before Christmas one of my older sisters went to my mother sobbing and quite angry. She felt that no matter how hard we worked the Lord was unaware of us. We rolled papers every morning and paid tithing on our meager earnings. To her it seemed the Lord was blind to our sacrifices and offerings.

My mother and her sat on the stairs that led from our living room to our front door, and while my sister was lamenting there came a quick and rapid knock to our door. My sister immediately opened the door and much to her and my Mom’s complete surprise there was a porch full of many beautifully wrapped presents. Her tears of anguish turned to tears of astonishment and joy.

It wasn’t until after we opened our presents on Christmas day that my parents discovered that this forever-mysterious family purchased every single item on both lists. No matter how much my parents saved with our family’s paltry paying paper route they would have never been able to afford what this family brought to us this Christmas.

So it is with Christ. No matter how black our hands become with the hard work of this world, we cannot return to our loving Heavenly Father without the most cherished gift of the Atonement. In the Book of Mormon, Jacob teaches us, “…wherefore, I know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost” (Jacob 7:12). It is Christ’s eternal gift of the Atonement that will always fulfill the list of our needs.

Yet, often, unbeknownst to us until the end, our loving Savior stands on our doorstep with the gifts found on our list of wants as well. These too are fulfilled by the Atonement, and the only requirement to receive these gifts is to ask. Luke writes, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9). This is a recurring promise that is stated numerous times throughout the scriptures.

Finally, James shares that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17). The Lord does not wait until Christmas or for us to give Him lists. Instead His eternal love seeks to continually bless us.

I have learned that life is hard at times, but I have also learned that the Lord is aware. He does care, and loves us infinitely more than we will ever know. As we strive to drink deeply from the Atonement, the greatest gift of all, we will come to see that there are always treasured gifts waiting for us on our doorstep.

Merry CHRISTmas from the Wilson Family!

Funny Mormon Christmas Song!

So, I know Christmas is waaay over but this video was too good not to share. Conan O’Brien did a parady song on us and it really is funny.

I read some of the comments on NBC’s site and a few people felt it was attacking our beliefs. I think often we Mormons are overly sensative when anybody gives us attention—good, bad, or funny. Believe me, if I felt the video was bashing I wouldn’t post it. We, as a people, need to understand we truly are peculiar, and that if we don’t laugh at our uniqueness somebody else will. Anyway, I hope you found this as enjoyable as I did.

If you are having trouble viewing the video go here.

“This Is The New Year” by Ian Axel

I stumbled across this music video a couple days ago and fell in love with it. To my knowledge the singer is not Mormon, but the lyrics have a really good message for the upcoming new year. And as Joseph Smith said, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (13th Article of Faith).

Have A Great 2010!
Update: See Lyrics below

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UPDATE 01/07/2008

I received numerous request for the lyrics of Ian Axel’s song. So, a quick google search garnered the below lyrics. Hope it satisfies everyone’s curiosity! ~Paul W.

Ian Axel – This is The New Year

Another year you made a promise
another chance to turn it all around
and do not save this for tomorow
embrace the past and you can live for now
and I will give the world to you

Speak louder that the words before you
and give them meaning no one else has found
The role we play is so important
we are the voices of the undergroud
and I would give the world to you

Say everything you’ve always wanted,
be not afraid of who you really are,
cause in the end we have each other,
and thats at least one thing worth living for,
and I would give the world to you

A million suns that shine upon me
A million eyes you are the brightest blue
Lets tear the walls down that divide us
and build a statue strong enough for two,

I pass it back to you
and I will wait for you,
cause I would give the world
and I would give the world
and I would give the world to you

This is the new year
A new begining
You made a promise
You are the brightest
We are the voices
This is the new year
We are the voices
This is the new year

Merry Christmas

This is a bit late but I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was a historic and beautiful one this year for my family, and we are excited to see what 2010 has in store. As for LDSFriends.com my new year’s goal is to launch our forums and blogs. We just finished with the coding last week and now we are putting on the content. Hopefully, we will have something live for everyone to test out shortly. Anyway, thanks for sticking with us! Have a happy New Year’s Celebration. ~Paul W.