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Christmas Elves


christmas-elvesLast night some Christmas elves stopped by our house.

They left a basket of Christmas goodies.  This thoughtful gift warmed our hearts and stirred my soul.

Being remembered is such a nice thing.  Though we don’t always think about it, it does fulfill a basic human need we all have.  We all have the need to be loved, and this was a sweet, simple way for “elves” to demonstrate that to us.

They left a card denoting themselves as the young men and young women (of our Church).

With this kind act, our elves fulfilled another basic need – to give service and show love for others.

They were following Jesus Christ, the great Example to all mankind, who taught us in word and deed the true path to happiness and everlasting life.

And the really great news is, “elves” such as these are going about doing good and serving others all over the world.  Many of our young people are leading good and honorable lives, striving to live our Father in Heaven’s great Plan of Happiness by sharing what they know and showing love for others.

You don’t hear about these “elves” very often, especially not in the news.  But they are out there, quietly and relentlessly serving God one person, family, or community at a time.

What Christmas Elves are you aware of?  🙂

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An Extra Special Christmas Season


For an extra special Christmas season this year, consider joining along in the “Light the world. In 25 ways. Over 25 days” initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ primary organization.  They have put together suggestions of things that children can do daily to celebrate and share the Spirit of Christmas in December.  Check it out at Mormon.org/downloads.

And of course, teens and adults can participate as well!

“‘We are reminding children that Jesus Christ is the light of the world,’ said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. By participating in the “Light the World” initiative, children can do the things that help them not only come to know, but also emulate, the Savior.

“’We love the children,’ she said. ‘We have faith in them to be lights. We see their potential and it is grand.’…

“Serving others is ‘not a burden, but a way of life,’ explained Sister Jones, noting that she hopes this campaign will help families realize ‘we don’t do anything without Him.’

“‘When children share their light, they give a beautiful Christmas gift, said Sister Bingham, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. ‘You can give a Christmas gift of service—the most powerful gift you can give.’

“Sister Cordon said children can be involved in the campaign in simple ways without spending money. As they do, their hearts will change and they will have different expectations of Christmas; instead of wondering what they will get this year they will say, ‘What are we going to do for someone else today?’

“’We need to bring the Savior into our hearts and into our families,’ she said….’We are all trying to walk the same path that He walked,’ added Sister Cordon.  ‘We are trying to see others the way He sees them,’ said Sister Jones….finding ways to light the world will not be hard.  ‘There are so many sad people in the world.’

“‘These things come natural to children, who are so full of love and compassion,’ said Sister Bingham.”

How about it, are you game?  🙂

25 Days of Christ – Day 25


On the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, I humbly share with you The Living Christ:

The Living Christ

25 Days of Christ – Day 24


“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

“(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

“And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

“To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

“And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

“And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2:1-20)

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him….and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)

“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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

Christmas is about Christ, He is the gift!

25 Days of Christ – Day 23


Today I share with you my personal thoughts and feelings about Christmas and Christ.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  I love it because of the joy it brings to my heart.  When I see, hear, and feel the many joyous things that this beloved season brings with it, I am reminded of the true meaning, the true spirit of Christmas.

The true spirit of Christmas is Jesus Christ.  Christmas gives us the opportunity to stop and think about Christ, about what He means to us, what He means to the world.  Without Christ there would be no Christmas.  It is His birth into mortality that we celebrate at this time of year.

Christ was the central part, the key piece, of our Father in Heaven’s Plan of Happiness for His children – us.  Before birth we lived with God.  We are His spirit children, He is literally our Father.  When we progressed as far as we could there with Him, He planned for a place where we could learn and grow even more.

He planned a new home where we could receive a physical body (like putting gloves on your hands).  We would experience new things with the senses our bodies have, we would be able to use the agency He gave us to make good decisions and choices, to help others and improve ourselves.

Heavenly Father knew that we would make mistakes and even commit sin.  Therefore He planned a Savior who would be able to atone for our sins when we repent so we would have the opportunity to return to live with Him again.  Our Savior also overcame the bands of death.  Thus, while death is the separation of body and spirit, Christ’s resurrection – or the reuniting of body and spirit – would provide the resurrection as a free gift to all.

Christ gave us commandments, rules to help us live happy and fulfilling lives.  He organized His church to give us the structure to support each other, and to allow us to know and perform the principles and ordinances that we need in order to return to God and live together with Him and with our families for time and all eternity.

Heavenly Father knows you.  He loves you.  He is aware of you and of your situations in life.  He sent His beloved Son, His only begotten in the flesh, to lead and guide us through life, and to show us the way back Home.

Let things things work within your heart.  God is real.  He is not dependent on our belief in Him.  He exists.  And He is close by.  He has given us the opportunity, in fact the commandment, to keep Him uppermost in our thoughts, to talk with Him in prayer as one person talks with another.  Through the Holy Spirit we can feel the Father’s presence.

Through Christ, the 3rd member of the Godhead, God has given us numerous helps and blessings to improve our lives, help us find true happiness, and guide us back into His presence.  Christ organized His church in these latter days through the prophet, Joseph Smith.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by Christ himself.  He gave us His priesthood, the authority to act in the name of God, and all the power, authority, principles, and ordinances we would need to tie, or seal, our families together and return to live forever with Heavenly Father in His kingdom.

This is the glorious message of Christmas, the precious gift of Christ.  He is the gift.

25 Days of Christ – Day 19


Does the Christmas season get you down?  Is it hard to feel the spirit of Christmas?

In the story, The Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans, Mary and David Parkin lose their young daughter in a fire started by an angry young man as retaliation against David.  Of course Mary and David are heartbroken, and depressed.

At Christmas time several months later, they are still grieving terribly, especially David who has long since thrown himself entirely into his work, barely stopping even long enough to eat or sleep.

One day their minister stops by to see how they are doing.  He tells Mary of a child who will have no Christmas and invites her to go with him to bring the child a present.  Mary goes with him.  They are greeted at the small home by a young mother.  Her little girl is peeking around her to see who is there.  Mary gives her a doll and the child’s eyes light up!  She hasn’t had a present in a long time.

As they leave, the minister tells Mary that this is the family of the young man who started the fire and is now in prison.  Mary’s heart goes out to the mother and child.

When her husband finally gets home that night, Mary is brimming over with the joy she felt when giving the gift to the little girl.  David sees her love and happiness with the experience, and agrees to help provide Christmas to the family.  They deliver food and presents to the doorstep of this family who have almost nothing, and watch from afar as they excitedly gather the gifts and take them inside.

Despite their great loss, Mary and David have found the true spirit of Christmas through selflessly giving to those in greater need.

“Then shall the King [Christ] say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

“Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

“When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

“Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Matthew 25:34-40.

25 Days of Christ – Day 14


It is impossible for Christmas to be ruined!

True?  Not true?  What is Christmas?

Some will say it is getting up Christmas morning and finding that Santa left the perfect gift under the tree! 

Others say it is the bright lights, merry music, and holiday decorations that bring joy into our lives. 

There are those who say that it is the excitement of parties, shopping, and planning that perfect meal. 

Many say it is being home, with family and friends to celebrate togetherness and warmth. 

If this is what Christmas is, then the opening statement is not true, as any of these, and usually one or more of them, does not turn out the way we expected or dreamed about.

If you peel back these layers, what are you left with? 

What was there on the very first Christmas?

There were no decorated trees, brightly wrapped packages, holiday music, or lists of presents to buy.

What was the first Christmas?  What was the reason for the season?  What is left when you take away everything else?

Christ.  God’s gift to the world.  He is the gift. 

It is impossible for Christmas to be ruined!