Every Christmas season, there’s a church in our community that transforms their parking lot into Bethlehem. They call it “The Bethlehem Story”. It really is quite the undertaking. When you arrive in Bethlehem, you are given a number of shekels. To enter the city, you are required to pay taxes. There are a number of booths set up where you can pay a shekel to make a craft or learn a trade, etc. The workers are all in costume and character. At certain times in the night, you’ll see Mary and Joseph ride in on a donkey. Then the angel appears and you hear the hosts of heaven. Then you are able to go into the stable and see the baby Jesus. It’s quite the production and really was fun to be there. This year was our first time going. We (especially the kids) had a great time. At one point, we walked into the carpenter’s shop where the carpenter was teaching us how to split wood with a stick and a mallet. He told us that it’s easier if you sing and swing the mallet to the beat. He gave London a turn. Then she left and it was Ashton’s turn. The first song that popped into his mind was “I Am A Child of God”. He sang it while he split wood. The man teaching him was very impressed. When he finished the whole song, he asked, “Where did you learn that song?!” Then he told him that if he sings that song every day, he will become a strong man of God. He then turned to me and complimented me on the way I’m bringing up my child in the way of the Lord. This is a man who doesn’t belong to the same church as me, but he is a christian and understood the significance of that song. It was such a sweet experience and touched me more than anything else in the hustle and bustle of that night. And I know that man felt that spirit as well.
For those of you reading this who don't know the song, check it out here: https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/i-am-a-child-of-god?lang=eng