I love reading about Christmas in the Americas. I think it is a fascinating time. Five years prior to the birth of our Savior, Samuel comes to the people and begins to testify of the coming of Christ and the need to repent. He tells of the signs of Christ's birth. That there will be "great lights in the heaven", "no darkness", "a new star [shall] arise", "[many] shall be amazed and wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth", etc (Helaman 14).
Many people believed the words of Samuel and came unto him to be baptized for the remission of sins. Many did not believe and were angry and turned their hearts away.
Well... naturally, 5 years later, (3 Nephi 1) both the believers and the nonbelievers were awaiting the sign of the coming of Christ. Many of those who did not believe were mocking the believers. They set a day apart that all those who believed would be put to death except the sign should come.
10 Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.
11 And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
12 And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:
13 Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.
That night, there was no darkness upon the face of the earth. A new star appeared and many were astonished so much that they fell to the earth.
18 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
We have no reason to fear. We have the words of the prophets to lead and to guide us. Hearken to their words! They can guide us down the right path. I testify that God has called a prophet for our day. God leads and guides His church through our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that we can be happy and we can be spared from the evils of the world by following the council that comes from our prophet.