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Christ the Conqueror

In 1887, as Church members faced stiffening persecution from the U.S. government, Orson F. Whitney reminded those who listened to his Christmas sermon that the long-ago shepherds who heard angels announce the birth of the Savior likely expected him to conquer their enemies and deliver them from oppression. But the greatest conquest, Whitney reminded his listeners, was not what God’s people had expected. “It was His mission to endure all with patience and fortitude, showing that greater strength is in submitting to indignity than in resentment. This is what makes Jesus shine forth as the greatest conqueror and hero of history. He subdued and controlled himself, and thus overcame death, hell and the grave.”

“The Holiday,” Salt Lake Herald, Dec. 27, 1887, 8