The First Presidency invites members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their families, and friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
The program will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church. Music will be from previous Christmas devotionals by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
View a livestream of the devotional on December 6 at:
- Latter-day Saints Channel (website, YouTube, mobile app, Roku)
- Local meetinghouse via the Church satellite system
Various other stations and internet sites throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area.
Video and audio recordings of the devotional will be archived for on-demand viewing on broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, Gospel Library and Gospel Media. Video and audio recordings in most languages, as well as text in English, Spanish and Portuguese will be available by December 13. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.
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History of The First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional
Since at least the early 1970s it was called the “First Presidency Christmas Devotional,” and traditionally had featured a talk from each of the three members of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as Christmas songs performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The devotionals began decades ago as a way to honor church employees. The church eventually started to broadcast the devotionals and later moved them to the 21,000-seat Conference Center.
In 1993, the church’s president, Ezra Taft Benson, who was 94, was unable to attend for health reasons. Neither was his second counselor, President Thomas S. Monson, who was ill.
In that year, President Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke.
President Benson died in spring 1994 and since then, the entire First Presidency spoke at each devotional until 2013.
In 2013, however, the name was changed to Christmas Devotional and the name change signaled a change to the program.
“While we anticipate that a member of the First Presidency will participate in the program, it has been decided to give other church leaders the opportunity to speak at the annual Christmas devotional,” church spokesman Cody Craynor said in 2013.
In 2014, the name was changed again, and became the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional and since then the speakers don’t consist anymore solely of members of the First Presidency, but speakers have been pulled from the Presidency of the Seventy, the Relief Society General Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other Church organizations.