When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy
A NEW STAR
In the Book of Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite stood upon the city wall and proclaimed: “And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; … there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; … for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; … nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.’ (Hel. 14:3–5)
The Wise Men knew of the birth of the Savior because they saw a new star in the East. That bright star became their guide:
“and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.”
The Wise Men found the Christ Child because Heavenly Father had prepared for them a star, a new light in the heavens to guide them. They watched and searched and followed the star.
How did the Wise Men know to follow the star.....or know where to go by looking at a star?
How will we know where to go to reach our destination? Who or what will guide us through the wilderness?
THE LIGHT IN A DARKENED SKY
A loving Heavenly Father provided a beacon of light in a darkened sky - the Star of Bethlehem - to herald His son’s sacred birth. Those who had eyes to see and hearts to understand watched for that star with eager anticipation and sought their Savior when the sign was given.
The Wise Men found the Christ Child because Heavenly Father had prepared a star, a new light in the heavens to guide them. They watched and searched and followed the star.
The Book of Mormon indicates that the new star was accompanied by a tremendous brightness in the heavens which made the night appear as day. (See Hel. 14:2-6 and 3 Nephi 1:15 -21)
A star shone in heaven beyond all the other stars, and its light was inexpressible, and its novelty struck terror into men’s minds. All the rest of the stars, together with the sun and moon, were the chorus to this star; it sent out its light exceedingly above them all. “And men began to be troubled to think whence this new star came so unlike to all the others.” (Ignatius to the Ephesians 4:11-12, The Lost Books of the Bible.)
FOLLOW THE STAR
The Wise Men traveled far to follow the new star. It was an especially long journey for them, as it has been a long journey for us. We don’t know everything about how they came to go on this journey, but we know that their intent or motivation was to find the Christ Child and worship Him.
When we have a divine purpose or intent, as they did, one that comes from the heart, because we know it can be life changing,....we will find it easier to embrace and endure the hardships and discouragements that come with the journey.
The Wise Men saw the star and traveled west to Judea. I’m sure it was disappointing when they thought they had found the right place and entered Jerusalem and began to inquire, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matt. 2:2).
News of their inquiries concerning a king reached Herod, and he sent for them. After talking to the King, the Wise Men knew that he was not the king they sought and they left, continuing to followed the star.... searching, until they reached Jesus, and presented their gifts to Him.
They didn’t give up! Their purpose and journey was important!
“And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto YOU!’ (Helaman 14:3–5)
Become one of those who had eyes to see and hearts to understand. Watch for that star, that light in the heavens, to guide you with eager anticipation.
Continue in your journey, follow the light and truth that is available to you!
Like the Wise Men, you will be led to your destination
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - On your Journal Page, write down any divine direction or whisperings that has come to you. How did you follow it’s light?
2 - Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ a letter to Heavenly Father, share your concerns and allow Him to inspire and guide you to know how to reach your destination. Follow those promptings!
Continue to write anything that comes into your heart that you would like to share with Him.
3 - I invite you to share, in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had as you travel along on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Find the Journal Page, the Journey to Bethlehem Map, and Sacred Journal Page under ‘Journey’ in the navigator tabs.
Seek your Savior and allow His bright light to be your guide.
Love always, Jeannie