Mormon Channel Blog

What Shall We Give?

December 18, 2014

Revisiting a Mormon Channel Christmas Classic

In this beautiful and touching video, the three men finally arrive at their evening destination: a nativity reenactment. They don their impromptu costumes and makeshift crowns. The three are fittingly the three wise men bringing their gifts to the Christ child.

It’s about then that the lyrics to the Christmas song come to mind: “What shall we give to the babe in the manger?” Surely, we could, as the wise men did, give incense and spices and gold. But are these the gifts for the King of us all?

Our three modern-day wise men in this video get the real meaning of the season. So do the hundreds of thousands of people who have viewed the video or made comments.

“What better gift can a person give than service and love to pay respect to Jesus Christ,” writes Peter Kaas.

“What an awesome video!” Daniel Booth echoes. “The feelings and desires they have motivated them to do what they did—because they strive to be followers of our Master, Jesus Christ.”

CleiaPeterson also loved the video. It shows what she has been trying to do with her children as they set up a special gift box where they write down gifts they can give to Jesus.

Jake Jung said watching the video “makes me want to go out and serve.” Olivia Kenlock reminded us that the “next time you get a thought to do something kind for someone, just do it.” And Diane Keyes wondered, “Can you imagine what the world would be like if more of us helped each other?”

Kendall Monnett joked that as he watched the three men stop, time after time, to help others in need, he “thought they would never get to where they were going.” But he realized, in the end, their journey was actually their destination.

The lyrics sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir gently prompt us, “What shall we give to the Lamb who was offered, rising the third day and shedding His love?”

For such a selfless gift, what can you do this season? The most fitting gift we can return is living as He would live, giving as He would give, and serving as He would serve.