16 British library Nativity at night Description: The Nativity, at night Title of Work: Sforza Hours Author: - Illustrator: Horenbout, Gerard Production: Milan, circa 1490; Flemish insertions, 1517-1520 Language/Script: Latin / -

Day 7 | Did She Know?

December 19, 2015 - WEEK ONE

Gerard Horenbout, Nativity, 1517
British Library (public domain).


There is no scripture reading assigned today. Use this day to catch up as needed and ponder the supplemental reading.

For Younger Disciples


Even as believers, however, when we are a part of encapsulating events, we can scarcely savor all that swirls about us. It is unlikely, for instance, on that night so long ago in Bethlehem, that Joseph and Mary looked at the newly born Christ child’s feet with the realization that those feet would, one day, walk the length and breadth of the Holy Land. And, further, that, later on, spikes would pierce those feet.

As a loving Mary grasped those tiny hands, and, as in the months ahead those tiny hands clasped her, did she know that those hands, when grown, would ordain the original Twelve or, still later, carry the rough-hewn cross?

As she heard her Baby cry, did she hear intimations of Jesus’ later weeping at the death of Lazarus or after blessing the Nephite children? (See John 11:353 Ne. 17:21–22.) Did she foresee that those baby-soft knees would later be hardened by so much prayer, including those glorious but awful hours in Gethsemane? (See Matthew 26:36–56.)

As she bathed that Babe so many times to cleanse His pores, could she have been expected to foresee that one day, years later, drops of blood would come from His every pore? (See  Mosiah 3:7.)

There is such a thing as cheerful, believing participation—even without full understanding—when you and I keep certain things in our hearts and are nourished as we ponder them! (Luke 2:19.) (Neal A. Maxwell, “Be of Good Cheer” Ensign, November 1982, 66).



Mary, the Mother of Jesus


Presentation at the Temple


  • How did Simeon know the baby was Jesus Christ?
  • What did Simeon say Jesus would do?



  1. Dana Hamson says:

    Love the talk by Neal Maxwell–it brought comfort and improved my understanding.

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