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Remember


Our Christmas tree is still up.  Why?  Because we are still noticing it!

Our thoughts on the matter have always been that we put it up early to help bring the spirit of Christmas into our home, and we leave it up until we notice that we aren’t noticing it anymore.  (obviously it is not a real tree)

I love having it up.  It is so beautiful.  Its effect softens me as I look at it.

The other morning I had a moment while I was waiting for something or other, and I lite the Christmas tree lights and just stood, gazing at it.

Seeing the colorful lights, the silver/white and gold garlands, the shiny and varied ornaments caused wonderful stirrings within my soul.

Then I started noticing the individual ornaments.

Remember the kids when they were young?  There’s one with the whole Primary class, teacher included.  What a nice idea.

There’s one I sent to my father while I was on my mission in the country where he was born.  What a sweet remembrance it brought, I’m glad I inherited it.

There are a couple given to our family by my parents.  Every one of us received one of the cute little animals doing different things plastic “toy” ornaments.

Here are some shiny ones we got our first Christmas.  We were afraid the tree would be pretty bare, but then my boss had brought some decorations to work he didn’t want anymore and we had enough to make the tree come alive.

There’s one that my mother-in-law made and gave us so many years ago.  And on and on and on!

Such nice memories! What a beautiful way to remember the good things that have happened.

This is why our Christmas tree is still up.  🙂

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 5


Before birth we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  We had spiritual bodies, and at birth we received physical bodies.  At death our spirit separates from the physical body and goes to the spirit world where we continue to learn and grow while we await the resurrection, when our spirits reunite with our physical bodies (but perfect bodies then) never to be separated again!  Everyone will receive that free gift because of Christ’s resurrection.

But what happens after that?

Christ provided a way for us to be able to live forever with our Father in Heaven.  This gift however, is not free.  It must be earned.

When Jesus suffered in Gethsemane, He suffered for everyone’s sins, so that we all have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins.  The price for forgiveness is repentance, recognizing when we do something wrong, being sorry for it, confessing to the person we wronged and to God, making restitution as well as we are able for what we did, and resolving never to do that again.

When we repent, the Atonement of Christ makes us clean, and we are able to enter God’s presence again and live with Him forever!