Tonight its time to discuss the innkeepers and what we can learn from their role in the Christmas story.
Why did Mary and Joseph end up in a manger? There was no room in the inn. President Monson tells us the following:
"The innkeeper missed the greatest opportunity that an innkeeper could ever have had. Years later it would not do him any good to say, “‘If only I had known who they were.’”
Some homes today have rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, play rooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.
“Do we experience a pang of conscience as we recall His own words: ‘Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head’ (Luke 9:58)?”
“In our busy lives, with ever so many others competing for our attention, it is essential that we make a conscious, committed effort to bring Christ into our lives and into our homes."
What are some ways we can make Let Jesus into our home? What are some ways you can let Him into your heart?
"There is yet time this year to extend the helping hand, the loving heart, and the willing spirit—in other words, to follow the example set by our Savior and to serve as He would have us serve,” President Monson said. “As we do serve Him, we will not forfeit our opportunity, as did the innkeeper of old, to make time for Him in our lives and room for Him in our hearts. … May we follow Him, serve Him, honor Him, and receive in our lives His gifts to us.”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (past Quorum of the 12 Apostles) said,
"Each of us in an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!"
Let us each choose to Let Jesus into our life.
Then give each child this Nativity cut out sheet so they can color and glue together their own nativity scene and make a place for it in their rooms as a remainder as well. Wanting a different activity? Try this Find the Differences sheet.