Book Review: Christmas with the Prophets by Laura F. Willes

How did Joseph Smith celebrate Christmas? What did John Taylor say about the pioneers first Christmas in the Salt Lake Valley? What was the heartening message that Heber J. Grant included on his 1945 Christmas cards? Christmas with the Prophets provides glimpses into the individual Christmas celebrations of each President of the Church, with recurring themes of missionary efforts, Church work, family, and service. Some of the vignettes are personal, others soul-stirring, poignant, and tender. Often their experiences and messages reflect the world conditions at that time and serve as little snapshots of history. Illustrated throughout with historical photographs and illustrations, each story of a Christmas past reminds us of the wondrous birth of the baby of Bethlehem, the Lord Jesus Christ. Discover how each Church President has celebrated Christmas, from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson Beautifully designed and illustrated A Christmas keepsake for every Latter-day Saint family.

This is a wonderful book for the Christmas season.  Each of the 16 prophets of the LDS church are highlighted with glimpses into how they spent Christmas.  Details are sketchy for some of the earlier prophets and full of detail for the more recent ones. 

I loved hearing the excitement over receiving fruit, nuts and a stick of candy – a vast difference from the Christmas my children are used to. Stories of serving others, Christmas traditions and messages about Christ fill the pages of this book.  Some of these stories were familiar to me and others I had never heard.

The quality of this book, Christmas with the Prophets, is incredible.  Thick, glossy, full color pages with a glittery cover make this a beautiful book to add to any LDS home.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: From Publisher for Review