We know temples are a house of learning, but what do we actually learn? In this devotional I explore the three pillars of salvation: the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I am a writer by trade. I've been doing it since I was 7 years old when I started my first journal. I am a researcher by training. I started my career as a molecular biologist studying epilepsy and now I consult for nonprofits. I'm a scriptorian by passion. I love studying the scriptures and writing about what I've learned.
On November 24, 2019, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints released a new video depicting the birth of Christ. It's called "The Christ Child: A Nativity Story" and you can view the 18-minute video below:
You might notice that this portrayal is quite different from most stories, videos and even crèches that we are used to. I'd like to highlight some of the key differences and possible symbolic meanings.
Observation #1 - The donkey
So often the story shows Mary on the donkey as if that was the intended mode of transportation for her. But as we see in this video, donkeys were used to transport items. At one point we see that Mary no longer walks but is now riding the donkey. So what happens to all the stuff the donkey had been carrying? It's now on Joseph's back.
Husbands and fathers are the bearers of the priesthood. They carry this burden to provide, protect, and bless their wives and children.