Many Latter-day Saints believe that April 6 was the actual date of Christ’s birth. This belief is based on the first verse of an 1830 revelation to Joseph Smith indicating the date for officially restoring the Church.
"The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April." (D&C 20:1)
This would mean that according to our current calendar, Jesus was born on April 6, 1 B.C.
(there is no 0 B.C. or 0 A.D.).
The Latter-Day Kingdom of God—Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon—External Testimony
Discourse by Elder (Apostle) Orson Pratt, delivered in The Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, April 10, 1870.
The way we come at this is by the account given in the Book of Mormon. We find that the ancient Israelites on this continent had a sign given of the exact time of the crucifixion and a revelation of the exact time of the Savior's birth, and according to their reckoning, they made him thirty-three years and a little over three days old from the time of his birth to the time that he hung upon the cross. There is no doubt that the year of the ancient Israelites, who inhabited this continent, differed a little in length from our years; for they probably reckoned their's somewhat after the manner of the Jews, at Jerusalem, and the Jews had formed their reckoning from the Egyptians, among whom they dwelt some four hundred years. The Egyptians reckoned three hundred and sixty-five days to the year; but the ancient Israelites on this continent, according to the records of the early Spanish historians, did not consider that three hundred and sixty-five days made up a full year, and hence at the end of every fifty-two years they added thirteen days, which is equivalent to adding one day every four years, the same as we do. If such were the reckoning of the ancient Nephites, then thirty-three years and three days of their time had passed away between the time of the Savior's birth and crucifixion. Now these thirty-three years and three days would, according to our reckoning, lack five days of thirty-three years. When we come to trace back all these authorities, we find that this very day, on which I am speaking, would be the close of the year, and that to-morrow, the 11th day of April, would be the anniversary of the very day on which Jesus was born; and the 6th day of April the very day on which he was crucified precisely eighteen hundred years prior to the organization of this Church.
(JD 13:126-127 Orson Pratt April 10, 1870 SLC. Note; President Brigham Young was the Editor of Journal of Discourses)
True Christmas and New Year
Discourse by Elder Orson Pratt, Salt Lake City, Sunday Afternoon, Dec. 29, 1872.
There is another thing that, perhaps, a great many of the Latter day Saints and many of the world have not reflected upon; that is, that the beginning of our present New Year is incorrect, reckoning the years from the birth of Christ, for the first day of January was not the day of his birth. We call it the first day of the year, but it has no reference to the day of Christ's birth. The first day of the year of the true Christian era should be the day of the Savior's birth the 11th day of April. About 122 years ago we did not have the first day of January for New Year. At that time, or thereabouts, everybody in America and England reckoned New Year's Day on the 25th of March. That had been the first day of the year for many generations. How came it to be changed to the first day of January? In 1751 the Parliament of Great Britain passed a law that the year should be moved backwards from the 25th day of March to the 1st day of January, making the year 1751 some eighty-four days shorter than all the other years had been. Why did they do this? In order to place New Year in connection with certain event in astronomy.
Those who are acquainted with the earth going round the sun, know that the path in which it moves is not a circle but an ellipse, or elongated circle. You make a wire into the form of a circle and then pull it out, and that is the form of an ellipse. The sun is situated in one of the foci of this ellipse, and is nearer to the earth on the 1st day of
January or the 31st day of December, by about three millions of miles, than it is on the 1st day of July. The object of placing the year back was to have the year begin when the earth was in its perihelion in going around the sun. This was not the only alteration that has been made, but this accounts for the phrases "new style" and "old style," with which you occasionally meet in historical documents, the former having reference to the new mode of reckoning, the latter to the old mode.
(JD 15:261 Orson Pratt December 29, 1872 SLC)
The REAL ISSUE is Why do the Mormons celebrate Jesus Birth on December 25?
Answer: To be like the world.
1) America did not recognized Christmas until 1870.*
2) Thus saith the LORD Forbids Christmas Trees.*
3) Catholics admit it’s a pagan day of worshipping the sun.*
4) April Fool's Day: You been fooled by the Pope's Gregorian Calendar, April 1st was once the beginning of the year, this was changed in 1582, when the Gregorian Calendar was put into effect.*
* Link: http://holyromanempirerules.blogspot.com/2009/11/real-history-of-christmas-april-fools.html