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25 Days of Christ – Day 21


And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.

“Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand.

“Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand; and they shall go according to the will and pleasure of God; and the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written.

“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

“And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses, and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.

“For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments.

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

“Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away.

“And now behold, my people, ye are a stiffnecked people; wherefore, I have spoken plainly unto you, that ye cannot misunderstand. And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.

“And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.”  2 Nephi 25:20-29.

To find true meaning in life, true happiness and wisdom, learn of and follow Christ.

He is the gift of Christmas.

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!

 

Father’s Letter to Son


Dear Son,

Thank you for your wonderful letter on my birthday. Please know that it immediately became one of my most cherished items. It is always gratifying to note that you have passed some wisdom on down to the next generation.

If you have ever learned anything from me, please hold onto this: Your wife is the most important thing that you will ever have in your entire life. She is more precious than any amount of money you can earn, your job, your assets, and all of your friends put together. She is even more important than all of your children. They will eventually leave you, while your wife, if you play it smart is going to be with you for time and all eternity. I will always cherish the relationship that we have, but you, like your siblings, will leave home to start your life and work on your own destiny. This is how our Father In Heaven has planned it, and for all we know, is the nature of all existence.

One way of looking at things, is to rank your wife number one, and nothing else higher than number three. That way, nothing is even close to her. This does not mean that some things will not periodically take precedence over her. For example, there is not a good mother or father out there but who would gladly sacrifice their own life to pass on health and safety to the next generation. Or, one of your kids could be having a crisis, a critical deadline at work etc. The point being — those are rare exceptions. If they start to become frequent, then it is time to reassess your priorities.

May the Savior Walk Each Path You Trod Upon,

Dad