Aware that some readers suppose April 6 must be regarded, without question, as the authoritatively established birth date of Jesus, and thus that they may be inclined to reject this proposition from the outset, I invite readers to exercise patience and to review the evidence presented below.
Published Views of LDS General Authorities Before considering any other data, a brief review of LDS thinking on this subject is in order.
During the nineteenth century, latter-day prophets from Joseph Smith to Lorenzo Snow evidently made no specific comments on the date of Jesus’s birth.
The diversity of opinion in these three studies is of particular interest.
The first, as already mentioned, was by Elder James E.
Mc Conkie reviewed the positions and reasoning of both Talmage and Clark with regard to Jesus’s birth date and stated that he would follow Clark’s course.
Accordingly, Mc Conkie dated the Annunciation to Mary in March or April of 5 bc, and the birth of Jesus in December of 5 bc (with the caveat that his birth could also have occurred from January to April of 4 bc).It is known that Joseph Smith celebrated Christmas day on December 25, but none of his recorded remarks attempt to justify that date, or any other date, as the birth date of Christ.Nor did he ever interpret the wording of Doctrine and Covenants 20:1 to suggest that April 6 should be regarded as the Savior’s birth date.Take a quick look at the Tinder user interface to the left.Many seniors really are looking for companionship and nothing more. Talmage maintained that Jesus Christ was born on April 6 in the year 1 bc.