In the city ofNazareth there lived a kind and good man named Joseph who loved Mary very much. Mary had promised Joseph that she would be his bride. Not long after Mary returned from her visit to see Elisabeth, the angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph that the young girl most dear to him was soon to become the mother of the Son of God. He said the baby that was to be born should be named Jesus. The angel also told Joseph that from then on he should take loving care of Mary and protect her from harm. Joseph’s heart was filled with joy, because Jesus, the promised King and Savior, was soon to come to earth; and Joseph had been chosen to care for Mary and the baby Jesus, the Son of our Heavenly Father. The words of the prophets were soon to be fulfilled. And Mary, the young woman Joseph loved so much, was to be the mother of the Christ child. Joseph did exactly as the angel Gabriel told him and took loving care of Mary while she waited for the baby Jesus to be born. What a great man Joseph must have been, for he was chosen to help Mary take care Of the Son of our Heavenly Father. What a wonderful blessing this would be!