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December 12, 2022

Create a Christ-Centered Christmas

Remembering Jesus Christ can bring joy and happiness to your life

Christmas is a season of joy, love, and gratitude. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of faith and service. Remembering Him during this holiday season can help us feel hope through His light.

Focusing on Christ can help you feel hope.

President Brian K. Ashton shared, “Christmas for me is about what’s most important in life because it’s focused on the Savior and we get to spend time with family. I’m reminded that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be with my family forever.”

What a blessing it is to spend time with family during Christmas, while you achieve your educational, professional, and personal goals. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know the hard work you are doing to better yourself and loved ones. They also personally and deeply know Their children who struggle this season because of loneliness, the loss of a loved one, hunger, mental health, or any number of challenges. Focusing on Christ can help begin to heal wounds and bring joy. His way is the path that leads to “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”1

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles states, “As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth. … He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world.”2

Christmas is a time when we can enjoy being together as a family and loved ones. It is a season to remember Christ: His birth, life, and atoning sacrifice so that we can return to our Father in Heaven with our families. Merry Christmas from BYU-Pathway Worldwide!

How will you remember Christ this Christmas season? Leave your comments below! 

1. ^ Doctrine and Covenants 59:23 
2. ^ The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles,

Comments on "Create a Christ-Centered Christmas"

we as students of byupath way we are so grarful for this massage president

Kiniviliame Raqoli says:

Merry Christmas and Happy Year for new BYU-Pathway students for 2023.

john foote says:

This Christmas was more inspiring than past ones. It’s because Rebecca and I chose to put Christ back into Christmas. We focused more on the Savior’s life than presents. It opened up great opportunities for service and helped our children to gain more knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Elidio Boaventura Macuacua says:

Thanks President Ashton for the message. Merry Christmas to all of us!

Elidio Boaventura Macuacua says:

Merry Christmas to all of us!

Such a beautiful message and a wonderful gift! It is easy to get caught up in the commercial frenzy if one doesn’t take the time to really think about Christ and His message. It took just a few seconds to read, and it really helped to take a step back and feel of His love and sacrifice for me and all of Heavenly Father’s children.

Katerega Elivis says:

I enjoyed and felt the Spirit of God in me after reading this message. Thank you so much President for letting me know the importance and true meaning of Christmas.

Maurice Tibble says:

Gee! Why do I worship the babe of Bethlehem? Fathers gift for my eternal progression thats right there’s more to you and I. Worlds without end.

Lina Vesesio Qionitoga says:

Thank you so much for the uplifting message towards the hard work students put in to their educations.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to everyone.


Thank you very much for this thought provoking message. I will engage in service of love that will make this Christmas memorable.

Tobi says:

Happy Christmas!

Tobi says:

Happy Christmas, President!

Charles O. Chanjarika says:

Thank you President, I wish Merry Christmas and happy new year to you

Prince Agbeko says:

Merry Christmas to all members all over the world! May the good Lord bless us all.

Lettie says:

Thanks President for the wonderful and uplifting message that reminds me what to do for the Christmas with my family. We will think of Christ, the Savior, that was born for us to have this everlasting and joyful life.

Moses Kebbie says:

Thank very much sir for the great concern. I wish you the same Merry Christmas in advance. May our Heavenly Father (God) provides our needs, guide, protecting, and blessings us in Jesus Christ name, amen. 🙏🙌

abiba anna says:

Wonderful. Thanks!

Christine Kebirungi says:

Thank you President for this 3-D message. Merry Christmas.

Stephanie Perry says:

This is such an uplifting blog post. Thank you for recognizing the hard work students put into their educations.

Heneriete Sakeus says:

I wish you a Merry Christmas President Ashton and prosperous New year! God bless you and your family.

winlight phiri says:

Merry Christmas President Ashton! This message is really inspiring, it has blessed me and truly reminded me of the life of Jesus Christ, the infinite love that He and our Heavenly Father showed us. God bless you and your family.

Thank you President for the message.

legendary osisi 1 says:

I realy enjoy spending my Christmas with my family at home. It was so great for us.

President, I followed the teachings. I have learn a lot from this topic and the important of Christmas.

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