The Gospel According to St. Matthew: Chapter 1: Read Here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/1?lang=eng
In Matthew Chapter 1, the lineage of Jesus Christ is shown, giving credibility to His Kingship. Jesus Christ was the son of David, who was the son of Abraham, from whom the blessings of the gospel flow. Both Joseph and Mary were direct descendants from the throne of David.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, and He was and is literally the Son of God in the flesh. He was not Joseph’s mortal son, although Joseph was privileged to act as an earthly adoptive father to Jesus. Joseph did not sleep with Mary until after Jesus was born.
An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream assuring Joseph that Mary was faithful and that Jesus was God’s own Son, the Savior of the world. Jesus is Emmanuel, or God with us.
I’m thankful that Joseph listened to the angel who delivered the word of the Lord.
During our Christmas vacation, we were privileged to see the production of The Savior of the World at The Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this powerful production, my love for my Savior grew, along with my love for both Mary and Joseph. Mary listened to the angel and said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). Joseph also hearkened unto the word of the Lord given through His angel in a dream, and he took Mary unto himself to be his wife and received Jesus into that union as if his own son.
In their day, there was a great stigma for a woman to be with child outside of wedlock (to the point of being punishable by death), as there was for a man to take a woman in marriage who was not a virgin. Although Mary was a virgin, there are many who would have thought otherwise. It really was a blessing for them to travel to Bethlehem and relocate there.
But I have seen the judgments of people even in our day. I am certain that a certain stigma followed Mary and Joseph in their early years of marriage by many skeptics and nonbelievers. But Mary was most favored above all other women, and she was true to her mission of rearing the Son of God and preparing Him for His service to all of us. Joseph was likewise favored to stand in as a father to Jesus and rear Him to adulthood, teaching Him both carpentry and the laws of God.
Parenthood is indeed a noble calling. Like Joseph and Mary we are called to put aside our personal ambitions to do the Lord’s will, thus fulfilling our life’s purposes and preparing the next generation for their missions as well. And I look at those who willingly adopt a child as their own, and believe that their goodness is just like Joseph’s in doing so; and that those mothers who are single are blessed as they offer the blessing of life to another; as are those parents who support each other in rearing God’s children. We come to earth, as Jesus did, in the humble circumstances of mortality, relying upon the goodness of those who are our caregivers to give us love and aid us in our growth and progression. Our Heavenly Father cares for and watches over all of us, just like He did His own Child Jesus.