In Christ Jesus I Witness…

“In courts of law, and in the conveyance of political and social belief, many testimonies are borne, many witnesses are given. Of all in Heaven and on Earth that is presented, there is no declaration that has the power for good, or infinite capacity to save, as does the witness that Jesus is the Christ, the resurrected Son of the Living God, the Redeemer and Savior of the World, our Advocate with the Father. In humility and with great confidence, I declare my discipleship for He who is ‘called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’ In Christ Jesus is centered the totality of my devotion and hope.”

Daniel Joseph Malcolm, 9 March 2024
“Christ’s Image,” by Heinrich Hofmann

Many years ago (December 7, 2001) Monica and I sat in reverent awe with friends on a snowy December night in the Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. We listened to and watched a live performance of various Christmas carols, hymns and spoken word performed by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with actress/vocalist of stage and screen Angela Lansbury. Near the conclusion of the performance came a breathtaking rendition of “For unto Us a Child Is Born” from Handel’s Messiah.

Star of stage and screen Angela Lansbury sings with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Dec. 7, 2001 during a Christmas concert at the Conference Center. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

These inspired words, originally penned by the prophet Isaiah and set to music by George Frideric Handel, swelled my heart within me. I heard the words and felt the music course throughout my body. Monica and our friends enjoyed an equal sensation of spiritual outpouring. I could see the influence upon my sweetheart as I gazed upon her tear filled eyes, and this prophecy set to music became a favorite of ours since that day. I cannot hear it in any form, nor read the words in scripture, without feeling that same sentiment, that same witness that it is true. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6/2 Nephi 19:6).

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.”

As the prophet Nephi declared, the words of Isaiah are delightful to the soul, and the witness of Nephi is equally delightful to me. “I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him” (2 Nephi 11:2). Such witnesses exalt our hearts and lift our spirits.

“The Prophet Isaiah Foretells Christ’s Birth,” by Harry Anderson

One of the greatest testimonies I have ever read, a most divine instruction, was written by Nephi, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).

“In Favor with God,” by Simon Dewey

Every Christmas my children participate in various choirs, and specifically in the Buchanan High School Choir from the Clovis Unified School District. Five years ago Monica and I attended a Buchanan Choir Christmas concert in a gymnasium. There we heard performed again, “For unto Us a Child Is Born.” It was not in the grandiose conference center with its perfect acoustical setting, neither was it accompanied by a world renowned orchestra, nor sung with the skill and power of what many consider the greatest choir on earth, yet the Spirit Monica and I felt as we listened was the same. It was a testimony and witness bore by a prophet of the Most High, repeated in our day that we might feel its truth.

Buchanan High School Choir, December 13, 2018.

This afternoon I had the joy of witnessing the baptism of my eldest granddaughter. She has now taken upon herself the name of Jesus Christ. May we speak of Christ, and preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ “that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” Let us be heard of them calling His name “Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” In the flesh, I have not seen my Redeemer, nevertheless I know that He lives. I will liken this testimony to my people, and I will send such words forth unto my children and my grandchildren, as to my friends, that we might together find redemption in Jesus Christ. In His holy name I bear witness, amen.

”Jesus the Christ,” by Del Parson

Daniel Malcolm is an entrepreneur, journalist, photographer, husband to Monica and father of twelve. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.