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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 3

Yesterday we talked about Christ being the Light that we follow to have true happiness, and to return to God.

In the New Testament, John also points out, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

What does he mean by “light shineth”, and how can darkness comprehend not?  Is darkness simply a state without light, or is John referring to darkness as being an entity or rather group of entities?

Abraham 3:27-28 adds: “And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.”

Revelation 12:7-9 provides further enlightenment:  “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

From these scriptures we learn:

  • Christ (the Word) was with God in the beginning
  • Many others were also there with God and Christ – in fact, everyone was there as we are all children of God
  • God planned to create a place for His children where they could progress
  • Christ offered to show us the way to live
  • Satan rebelled against God and Christ
  • Satan and those who followed him were cast out of Their presence

Jesus Christ was chosen by Heavenly Father to be our example.  We can look to that example when we are unsure what to do, or don’t know where to turn.  We are not left to wander alone.  Christ’s light dispels the darkness, enlightening and strengthening us so we can make progress while living here on the earth.

A Child Can Tell You

What do you say to someone who has lost a loved one?

Just ask the children in my Primary.  They knew exactly what to say in the cards they made for me!

  • Sorry for what happened to your Dad.  (winking smiley face) PS. He is in heaven.
  • I hope that you feel better soon.  You are a great piano player.
  • You are special!  Sorry about your dad.  Love ya!
  • Keep praying and everything will be OK.  Thank you for all your hard work.
  • I’m sorry about your dad’s death, but you can still talk to him by praying to Heavenly Father.
  • We want you to have a (sticker that says “GREAT”) life.  We hope you feel better.
  • I hope you are happy case you will see him in Heaven.  So don’t give up hope.  So live life.
  • I like you.  You are nice.  You are a (star sticker)  You are the best.
  • Sorry that your dad passed away.  Have a rainbow day.
  • We know you can power through this.  don’t forget that you have us!  We really hope that you can be OK.
  • Thank you for being an awesome pianist.  I’m sorry that your father passed away.  You will see him again because of the plan of salvation.
  • I hope you are able to stay happy in such a sad time.  You can always be with us on Sundays to cheer you up.

Thank you, beautiful Primary children!  I love you too.  You have cheered me up.  🙂