And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you. (Helaman 14:2-5)
“Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.” (Scot McKnight)
“Star of the morning,” reads a carol by Joseph Martin, “sing to our shadows, cry to our winter.”
Here it is, “There is a Star,” in a performance by the BYU Combined Choirs. I hope you can access the full song:
Partial recordings, also by the BYU Combined Choirs, are available elsewhere, including here:
The lyrics were very difficult to track down. Ultimately, a good friend, Vicki McMurray, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with a master’s degree in choral conducting, supplied them for me. (And hosted us for a wonderful dinner tonight). Here they are: