Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Unto you is born this day...a Savior"

"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" (Luke 2:11-12)

In the quiet of that sacred night, Heavens and earth rejoiced at the birth of their king, he who would break the bands of sin and death, and deliver the captives from their prison, to dwell in the presence of God and the Lamb forevermore.

May we read of his life, pour our hearts out in gratitude in prayer, and do the Savior's work as we serve others this season and always, that we may be filled with his love.

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When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is The Nativity by Jon McNaughton

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Announcement of the Mortal Advent of the Savior of the World, even Jesus Christ

What would it have been like to have heard the tale told by Mary?  The scriptural account says the following: 

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest" (Luke 1:30-32).

With those words were announced privately the mortal advent of the Son of God into the world.  He who dwelt in the heavens above condescended to come to earth to dwell for a time.  

He is the Only Begotten of the Father, sent as a baby to grow, and ultimately to save us from our sins, to redeem us, and to help us return back to our Father's presence again. What started in Bethlehem was planned from before the foundations of the world, and would change the world forever. And it still changes lives.

May we all be grateful for how he has changed our own lives, and seek to change others for the better through service and kindness, simple acts of caring, and pure Christlike love.

Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Monday, December 11, 2017

"And wrapped him in swaddling clothes..." Oh that the whole world could know the import of that Sacred Night

"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 at the inn" (Luke 2:7)

Oh that the world could know of the import of that sacred day, of what happened eternally because of the birth of that child, the Savior of all. May we spread the gospel with all we know so that others might know of the peace of Christ.

I sometimes wish like Alma, "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!"

But that is not the way it is done.  It is done one by one, as our leaders have stated.  Please take the time to share your testimony of the Savior this Christmas, and the message that he still lives, and watches over the children of men, working for the salvation of our souls.

You may be the instrument in God's hands to bring others to Christ, though you may never know it.

Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

May Christmas point us to the Savior of All, the Redeemer of the World

At this time of year, may we all be grateful for the Savior.  What a wonderful time of year to reflect on he whose birth we celebrate.  It reminds me from the following, taken from The Living Christ, the Testimony of the Apostles: 

"We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world." 

With all of the beauty that comes with the lights and tinsel and trees, may they all point us to the Savior of Mankind, the Redeemer of the World, to the King of King and Lord of Lords, who has ransomed us, and beckons all to "come unto him" and to "partake of eternal life," to live forever in the presence of God with our families.  

Christ is real.  He lives.  He is as real as the sun rising in the morning, and has the power to reach into the eternities, and yet comfort the tenderest soul.  He is indeed, as President Monson has said, involved in the details of our lives.  

This Christmas season, may we take a moment as we look at the tinsel and the lights, and reflect on the Savior, of what his birth means to us individually. 

May we see the good he has done in our lives, and take a moment to express our gratitude to him and the Father in heartfelt prayer.  May we draw close to him, through the spirit.  

And, as our prophet has urged us to do, may we determine to follow his example and serve others, lift and strengthen them, and help lead them closer to Christ as we do.  

May we ever remember that, and follow him, this season and always.  

Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S
  
When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is Temple Square at Christmastime.  More can be found at https://www.lds.org

Friday, December 8, 2017

From President Monson: This Christmas Season we should rededicate ourselves to Christ

At this sacred time of year, and always, may we follow the counsel of our Prophet, President Monson: “There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.

“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.

“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.

“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.

“Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.

“Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.” (President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional)

May we ever follow the Savior, is my prayer.  

Find out more about Christ this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is a son is given by Howard Lyon  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

President Monson: "The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the promised Messiah..."

"With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment—a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to become the King of kings and Lord of lords, the promised Messiah—Jesus Christ, the Son of God."— Thomas S. Monson.

Christ is the source of this great endowment.  He has power over all.  Often as we see the wickedness in the world, we wonder.  But the closer we get to the Lord, the more we will see he is over all, and we are preparing to return to his presence.  No King, no amount of money, nothing can stop Christ's work from progressing.  And Christmastime is a wonderful time to remember that and more. 

Every little thing that is done good is influenced by the power of the Atonement. He who created the universe came into this life as a tiny baby, as do us all, and made it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven again if we will but follow him, do his work, and serve others. May we ever do that, and feel of the love of our Savior for us.

This Christmas, and always, seek him who is the creator of all good, and who has power over all. This once tiny babe who is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the promised Messiah, even Jesus Christ.  

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is Christmas at the Washington DC Visitors Center, courtesy of lds.org

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On that holy night - by President Uchtdorf

"Think of the simple yet dignified way our Heavenly Father chose to honor the birth of His Son. On that holy night, angels appeared not to the rich but to shepherds. The Christ child was born not in a mansion but in a manger. He was wrapped not in silk but in swaddling clothes.

The simplicity of that first Christmas foreshadowed the life of the Savior. Though He had created the earth, walked in realms of majesty and glory, and stood at the right hand of the Father, He came to earth as a helpless child. His life was a model of modest nobility, and He walked among the poor, the sick, the downcast, and the heavy laden.

Though He was a king, He cared neither for the honors nor the riches of men. His life, His words, and His daily activities were monuments of simple yet profound dignity.

Jesus the Christ, who knew perfectly how to give, set for us the pattern for giving. To those whose hearts are heavy with loneliness and sorrow, He brings compassion and comfort. To those whose bodies and minds are afflicted with illness and suffering, He brings love and healing. To those whose souls are burdened with sin, He offers hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was—ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. 

During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves. May we remember the humble dignity of His birth, gifts, and life. And may we, through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power." - (President Dieter F Uchtodorf Christ and the Spirit of Giving)

May we all come to the Savior, and seek to serve others this season, and always.

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P 

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Picture is Behold the Lamb of God by Walter Rane, courtesy of lds.org

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Unto You is Born this day...a Savior, which is Christ the Lord"

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. (Luke 2:11-12)

Have we found the Savior, as those shepherds did long ago?  And have we shared what we have found with others?  

The gift of the Savior was a gift for all of God's children, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).

After the gift of our lives, our souls, our happiness, and eternal life with our Father in Heaven and families that the Savior has given to us, what gift will we give to him and to others? So many out there who need to be lifted, and who need to feel the love of the Savior.

May we serve them, love them, and help them return as well.  Pick something you can do this Christmas season to serve others.  Then quietly go about doing it.  Make that your gift to Christ this season. 

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is God So Loved the World by Simon Dewey, courtesy of lds.org

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Angels of Christmas

Nativity figures from their box are retrieved,
Near a crackling fire on a Christmas Eve.
Each is unwrapped with excited haste,
Then slowly, carefully, thoughtfully placed.
The scene comes to life when viewed by a child,
The babe seems to stir, and the mother just smiled.
Safeguarded here and kept far from danger,
The baby is kissed and laid in a manger.
This night is for children,
and their spirits can lift us,
They are the magic, the guardians,
the “Angels of Christmas”
-Greg Olsen, the artist of this picture.

When seen through the eyes of a pure-minded child, Christmas becomes more meaningful as we remember what the season is really about. May we ever remember him, this season, and always.

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

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Picture is Angels of Christmas, by Greg Olsen, who also wrote the poem.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

How to Prepare and how to watch this year's First Presidency's Christmas Devotional

What a sacred opportunity we have to watch Apostles and Prophets and disciples of Christ testify of the divinity of the Savior at this holy time of year.  

We, as a church, get to commemorate Christ's birth through talks and sacred music from the Tabernacle Choir.  This is a perfect start to a season that should center around the Savior, on service to others, and should be a sacred time for all of us.  

This year's Christmas Devotional is on Sunday December 3rd at 6 PM, MST. 

To prepare for the devotional and to celebrate the Christmas season, you can download and share 5 free Christmas songs from the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

During the Devotional, you may also tweet highlights on twitter using the hashtag #ChristmasDevo

In addition to being broadcast to stake centers, the devotional will be available live on BYUTV online or through your local cable provider.  It will also be streamed online on lds.org, and on the Mormon Channel via their website, YouTube Page, mobile app, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV.   

Video and audio recordings of the devotional—along with text from the messages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—will also be provided on https://broadcast.lds.org within a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.

To find out more about the devotional, see the announcement page in the Church News

Find out more this Christmas about Christ at http://bit.ly/1jE0F7S

When Christ was born, the people in the American continent saw the star, and had another sign of his birth, a night of light, even though the sun had set. This was prophesied by prophets in the Americas. Read more by clicking here http://bit.ly/J8J59P

More questions? Click here to chat online http://bit.ly/14NQosW or, to meet with representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go to http://bit.ly/10t9mW7

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