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The Christ Child: A Nativity Story - 8 Observations of What Is Different

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.

Observation #2 - Joseph 

Can we just stop and acknow…
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Exodus 7:10-12 [emphasis added]

“Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs” 
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2 Timothy 3:8 [emphasis added]
"Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."

Here's the story of Jannes and Jambres.2

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When I was a little girl, this picture hung in my church building.

On the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's website the picture looks like this.

Do you see the difference?  That's right.  The bottom has been cropped off.  

And do you know what that looks like?   My hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. 
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This article was written by request. It is intended for those who are in support of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.  

On October 4, 2019, Utah Senator Mitt Romney posted on his official Facebook page @mittromney this post.

When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated. By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.

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