Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our Prophet Speaks about Jesus Christ

Read what our prophet has said about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and being grateful for him.  Our prophet is Jesus Christ's eyewitness to the world, along with the 12 apostles.

"As I close this morning, it is my prayer that in addition to all else for which we are grateful, we may ever reflect our gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His glorious gospel provides answers to life’s greatest questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do our spirits go when we die? That gospel brings to those who live in darkness the light of divine truth.

He taught us how to pray. He taught us how to live. He taught us how to die. His life is a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved.

Ultimately, He stood alone. Some Apostles doubted; one betrayed Him. The Roman soldiers pierced His side. The angry mob took His life. There yet rings from Golgotha’s hill His compassionate words: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” 

Who was this “man of sorrows, … acquainted with grief”? “Who is this King of glory,” this Lord of lords? He is our Master. He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He is the Author of Our Salvation. He beckons, “Follow me.” He instructs, “Go, and do thou likewise.” He pleads, “Keep my commandments.”

Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His words. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude.

My sincere, heartfelt prayer is that we may in our individual lives reflect that marvelous virtue of gratitude. May it permeate our very souls, now and evermore. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, amen." (From "The Divine Gift of Gratitude, President Monson October 2010 General Conference video and text available at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/the-divine-gift-of-gratitude )

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ..."

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world. I am the same who came unto mine own and mine own received me not; But verily, verily, I say unto you, that as many as receive me, to them will I give power to become the sons [and daughters] of God, even to them that believe on my name." (D & C 11:28-30 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/11.28-30 )

As we have more Faith in Christ our hearts will be changed, our desires will become more like his, and at the last day we will embrace our Savior having become like him, and what joy will fill our hearts at that time. To really feel his loving arms around us, to feel joy that we have lived our lives so that we become like him, and to gain our exaltation as we continue serving the Lord and helping others to feel of that love we have felt. 

We can feel a bit of that love every day of our lives as we serve others and do the work of the Lord. And we will be able to share that love with others who don't have that in their lives. Glory be to God for this marvellous plan of salvation that we have. 

Pour your hearts out to the Father in gratitude and faith, do his work, and feel of the Love of the Savior in return. For because of him, we have light in our own lives. 

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Prophets in Book of Mormon times were shown what to include in the Book of Mormon for our day, because God showed them what our day would be like. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is I Am by Simon Dewey. Available at Altus Fine Art http://www.altusfineart.com/home/afa/page_1626_260/i_am.html

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men..."

Today's profound message comes from Simon Dewey, the artist of this painging, Grace and Truth:
"I love the Gospel of John. The opening verses of chapter one are at once poetic and sublime, simple yet profound:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” To each of us on this journey home, John’s powerful witness of the Savior remains a guide as we come to realize the reality of it for ourselves. “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” -Simon Dewey

May we all live worthy so that when we see the Savior, we will be able to behold his glory, and live in his presence again. He is the Life and the Light of men. And he is real, and involved in the details of our lives, and if we trust in him, he will lead us back to our heavenly home.

Read more about Christ in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Find out for yourself the promise of The Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Encircled in the arms of his love

May we all seek the Lord, and be "eternally encircled in the arms of [our Savior's] love." As the scriptures say, "I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love" (2 Nephi 1:15 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/1.15 )

The more we seek after the Lord, the more we do his work, the more we can be encircled in the arms of his love. Then, at the last day, we can be encircled in the arms of his love again. President Eyring says it so well:

"We will on the Day of Judgment stand before the Savior, face to face. It will be a time of joy for those who have drawn close to Him in His service in this life. It will be a joy to hear the words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I so testify as a witness of the risen Savior and our Redeemer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." Entire talk at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/come-unto-me

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Elder Faust relates the first time he met Christ

Here is a story from someone who heard Elder Faust speak at a stake conference of his experience with the Savior.

"After relating this parable to us, he grew silent. I have never seen a General Authority not immediatly regain himself after being choked up. But there was a long silence as he reached for a tissue. He then said "It has been about 25 years when I first became acquanted with the Savior. It is a very sacred experience that I don't relate to people. It is to sacred to me. I was totally purged of every worldly desire when this happened. It was through this experience that I can say that I know that Jesus is the Christ and that God lives. It is through this experience that I can say I am one of the special witnesses of Christ". He was VERY emotional while he was relating this to us. He then proceeded to give an apostolic blessing to those present.
I have known many great spiritual people in my life, but none that hold a candle to this man. I have never felt such a power in the presence of another as I did today. There was power spoken, not words. I have never felt that kind of love before, nor seen such a reflection of what our Savior is like." –Tyler Livingston

They don't often relate their sacred experiences, but they do have them.  The apostles and prophets are special witnesses of Christ, who have seen him, and know of his reality and divinity. May we ever remember that.

Find out more about Christ. Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Friday, December 25, 2015

The True Meaning of Christmas is the Life of the Savior then and now

Over 2 millenia ago, a tiny baby was born into the most humble of circumstances.  This royal son, the only begotten of the Father, was not clothed in silken robes, but was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.  He was prophecied of by many ancient prophets.  He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

Truly unto us a child was born, and the Government of Heaven and earth was upon his shoulders.  His name truly is Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. 

Of his kingdom there is no end, for his coming into the world had been planned from before the foundations of the world, and the effects of his life will give life to all of humankind and will stretch into the eternities and beyond. 

But his life was not to be easy.  He taught with power, performed miracles, and showed the love of God to all he met.  Yet the Pharisees and Saduccees, instead of accepting him as the promised Messiah, said his miracles were done by the power of the Devil. 

But this was foretold as well.  As Isaiah says, he was despised, rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…and with his stripes we are healed.

Betrayed by his own, abandoned by all, he faced the indescribable agony of the atonement, where his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground.  Then he faced the abuse of the Jewish leaders, the flogging of the Roman troops, and yet meekly he still succumbed to the horrors of crucifixion. 

He was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb.  During that time he went to his father, and to the world of the Spirits of the just.  He organized his work there, that others might know of the good news of his triumph over sin and death. 

After 3 days, the prison doors were rent, and he became the firstfruits of them that slept.  Angels rolled back the door of the tomb, and reported he is not here, he is risen, and beckoned all who came to the tomb to come and see the place where the Lord lay.

He appeared to many, apostles and disciples alike, and then went to visit the other sheep in his fold, the people of the Americas and other places.  Prophets in those places had testified of his coming and death, had seen in vision what the Savior, the fulfillment of prophecy, would do.

He taught them his gospel, and organized his church there, with all of the saving ordinances that he brought to the old world, and then ascended into heaven. 

This once tiny baby still lives today as the Savior and Redeemer of the World.  And he has restored his gospel, once lost for millennia, to the earth today.  The lord whom ye seek has suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant. 

Prophecies are again being fulfilled at his hand, inspiring the minds and hearts of men and women all over the world.  His greatest desire is to draw men to him so that they might feel of the love of God that emanates from him.  That each person on the face of the earth might feel of his love through the spirit.  The fullness of his New Testament Gospel is again on the Earth, to bless the lives of all who come unto him.  And it touches each individual heart with the tenderness of a God who is aware of each of us, and involved in our lives more than we know, but can if we open our hearts to him, and do his work.

He said to Peter that if he loved him to feed his sheep.  There are many out there who need the bread and water of life.  As the prophet says, we are God’s hands on earth, with a mandate to serve.  As we serve others, they are able to feel of the love of God as well.  It softens them. 

This is one of the keys that Christ knew, and was willing to give his life for.  He tirelessly served others, and as we serve others too, we will come to know this great key to happiness in this life and in the next.  And we will become like Christ as we do. 

When we meet him face to face, how wonderful a time that will be for us as we see that we have become like him.  To embrace him and to join with him in rejoicing as we realize that we have been dependent upon him our whole lives, and his power has lifted us, and will for eternity. 

And how wonderful it will be to know that those whose lives we have touched will also be able to dwell with the Savior and us again.  That is the secret of life.  To become connected to those around us, bound together by the Love of the Savior.

That is just a few parts of what the birth of the Savior means to us.  His gospel is on the earth again, and to find out more, go to http://www.mormon.org

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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 Light of the World, by Brent Borup, available at http://www.brentborupstudio.com/lightoftheworld.html

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Silent Night - that Sacred Night

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2:7). Over 2000 years ago, the Savior was born in a lowly stable, watched over by the angels of heaven.

This great church is a continuation of his life and mission, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. May we all take the opportunity to be grateful this time of year for the Blessings we have because of the Life of the Savior, commemorated at Christmastime.

His love did not just begin at his birth. It reaches from before the foundations of the World and into the eternities and beyond. Please take the time to thank our Father in Heaven for the Life, atonement, death, resurrection, and work of the Savior, for "[He is] the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14.6 )

Picture is Silent Night by Liz Lemon Swindle.  To Watch Silent Night performed by David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNep23JerIk

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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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"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, President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints more at http://mormon.org/christmas

That tiny babe was the Savior and Redeemer of the World, the Only Begotten of the Father, and his name, as Isaiah says, is Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

May we all come to know Christ, and to embrace the gift of his birth, life, atonement, death, and resurrection. May we pour out our heart in prayers of gratitude for him.

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 "Hope" by Joseph Brickey

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!

"the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! (1 Nephi 11:19-21 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/11 )

The son of God, he who had been foreordained from before the foundations of the earth, was shown to numerous prophets who testified that he would come. 

In the Old world and in the new, Prophets of God were shown in vision the birth and life, and resurrection of the Savior. When the time came for his birth, Heavens and Earth and all of creation rejoiced with the birth of their Lord, the Savior of the World.  May we ever rejoice, may we ever thank our Father in Heaven for the gift of his Beloved Son to us. 

For it is through him that we are able to return back to their presence again with our families. 

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 Be it unto me by Liz Lemon Swindle

Monday, December 21, 2015

"And found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger"

"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." (Luke 2)

That babe in the manger is our Lord, our Redeemer, and Savior. Undoubtedly he was watched over by the Father and by countless angels who joined all of heavens and earth rejoicing at the birth of their King, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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 19, 2015

Mary kept these things and pondered them in her heart

With all that happened with the Birth of Christ, scripture concludes with the phrase "And Mary kept these things and pondered them in her heart." So important and sacred were the events of that night that Mary kept them inside, in awe of what had happened to her and this tiny baby.

May we similarly be in awe of the import of what happened that night. May we realize the import of the Son of God coming into the world.  May it affect us so much that we become kinder, serve others with more love, and become the hands of heaven on earth.  For in lifting and serving others, we serve the Savior. 

It is the best way to commemorate Christmas, that the Son of the Living God had come to earth, and would eventually offer salvation to all through his atonement.  To do for others what the Savior would do if he were here.  



If you do, you will feel a closeness to the Savior that is worth more than anything else in the world. 

You can find out more about Mary with the church's bible video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig0W3HaNmjg

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 Mary Kept these things and Pondered them in her Heart, by Howard Lyon. Used with Permission, Howard Lyon, http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/mary-kept-all-these-things

Friday, December 18, 2015

As the Savior was held by Mary, so are we held by him

As the Savior was once a tiny child in the arms of the blessed Mary, so we are all now in the hands of the Savior, and are as little children. May we look to him, trustingly, obediently, and with a desire to serve him, and we will find eternal life. For the Savior has said "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/18.3 ).

Watch a little child as they look up at you, or trustingly ask you a question, and are willing to do what you say.  Are you willing to be that trusting of the Savior, of our Father in Heaven?  If you are, you will find you will start to become more like them, and will feel of their love more often.

The Savior knows how to care for his children, if we will just trust in him.  

Want to find out more about Christ? Along with the Bible, his words are in the Book of Mormon. Find out for yourself and read the Promise of the Book of Mormon online now at http://bit.ly/10t8QYm or get a free copy at http://bit.ly/11WKJ1G

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Picture is In his constant care by Simon Dewey, available at Deseret Book http://deseretbook.com/His-Constant-Care-5x7-Print-Simon-Dewey/i/5068870

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Unto us a Child is Born, unto us a Son is given..."

"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).

Over 2000 years ago, the Savior of the World was born in a humble stable, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His coming had been prophesied of by Isaiah and many other prophets.

The Savior came, as Isaiah also said, "to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound," (Isaiah 61:1) and he did that for both the living and the dead.

This great latter-day work goes on still, with that once tiny baby now glorified at the head.  This work is for the living and the dead through missionary work, strengthening the members, and through the work of the dead in temples. This work will go on until, as the Standard of truth says, "The Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

At that time, the work begun from before the foundations of the world will be complete, and the Sons and Daughters of God will dwell with him forever.

Become engaged in serving others, and in the work of the Lord. At this Christmas season and always, may we ever seek out the Babe in Bethlehem, our Savior, Our Redeemer, our all.

And it all started with a little baby.  

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 For Unto Us A child is born by Simon Dewey, courtesy of Altus Fine Art

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"That is the Spirit of Christmas"

"He gave us the gift of a Savior, His perfect Son, the Lamb without blemish. By personal appearance of the Father Himself and of the Son, and through angels, He has restored the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days. He has called prophets and apostles to guide us to safety in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected that we may live again, that we may be purified and cleansed from sin, prepared for the glory of eternal life.

Those are gifts to us that we can offer to others for Him. We do that by remembering Him and trying with all our hearts to do what He would do and love as He loves.

...you can give a great and wonderful Christmas if you remember the gifts God has given you and, as best you can, offer them to others as He would. That is the spirit of Christmas and of true happiness every day.

I testify that Jesus is the living Christ, in His sacred name, amen."-President Henry B Eyring "The Gifts of Christmas." Christmas Devotional, December 2011

May we all be grateful for the Savior, sent here by a loving Father to help us be happy and to help us return back to him again. May we be grateful for the blessings the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings us.


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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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

When we have the spirit of Christmas - by President Monson

"When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)...What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year?...In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to love and give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Today there are hearts to gladden, kind words to say, deeds to be done, and souls to be saved." President Thomas S Monson https://www.lds.org/liahona/2012/12/rediscovering-the-christmas-spirit

As our Prophet has said, may we ever have the spirit of Christmas by serving others.  That is what Christ would have us do.  He knows and is saddened by those of his children who have needs, and when we reach out to help others, it is the same as helping him. 

May we ever remember that.  


Free Christmas DVD - Joy to the World.  Get yours from missionaries by clicking the link.  https://bit.ly/21p19AM

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 14, 2015

"And she brought forth her firstborn son..."

"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." (Luke 2:7 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2.7 )

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.


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 Let us Adore Him by Jon McNaughton

Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Unto you is born this day..."

"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 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2 )

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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Picture is The Nativity by Jon McNaughton

Friday, December 11, 2015

"And Shalt Call His Name Jesus"

"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 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/1.30-32 )

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.


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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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Thursday, December 10, 2015

"And wrapped him in swaddling clothes..." for the world

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2:7)

Oh that the world could know of the import of that 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.  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.

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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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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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

At this time of year, may we all be grateful for the Savior, whose work began long before his birth, and will extend into the eternities and beyond. 

Never lose sight of the reason for the season.  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.  May we ever remember that, this season and always.  

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.  As President Eyring has said, one day we will stand before him, and it will be a time of joy for those who have lived their lives in his service.  May we ever serve others, and serve the Savior.

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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 Temple Square at Christmastime.  More can be found at http://www.lds.org

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Unto us a child is born...

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the Government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

As President Monson has said: “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. available at https://www.lds.org/topics/christmas )

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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 a son is given by Howard Lyon, available at http://www.howardlyon.com/religious-store/a-son-is-given 

Monday, December 7, 2015

"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
President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on http://mormon.org/christmas

The Savior is the reason for the season. As Isaiah says, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

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.

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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 Christmas at the Washington DC Visitors Center, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Prepare for this Sacred Season with the Christmas Devotional-Details

May we all take the time to watch Apostles and Prophets testify of the divinity of the Savior as we commemorate his birth through talks and sacred music.  This is a perfect kickoff to a season that should center around the Savior, and should be a sacred time for all of us

This year's Christmas Devotional is on Sunday December 6 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 at http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/what-shall-we-give

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

Last year's devotional was only broadcast in 10 languages.  This year, the devotional will be rebroadcast over the Church satellite system in more than 58 languages. For specific times and languages, see the broadcast schedule online at https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/church/news/2015/11/04/12949_000.pdf?lang=eng .

In addition to being broadcast to stake centers, the devotional will be available live on BYUTV, and in various languages at http://www.lds.org, http://broadcast.lds.org, or http://MormonChannel.org

Video and audio recordings of the devotional in 58 languages—along with text from the messages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—will also be provided on broadcast.lds.org within a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.


Here is a video about it.  
 
For More Information, go to https://www.lds.org/church/events/2015-christmas-devotional

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Fill the World with Christ's Love - 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 entire article available at https://www.lds.org/…/2…/12/fill-the-world-with-christs-love )

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

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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 Behold the Lamb of God by Walter Rane, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"Unto You is Born this day..."

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 

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, what gift will we give to others? So many out there who don't know of the Love our Father in Heaven has for them.

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. 

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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 God So Loved the World by Simon Dewey, courtesy of http://www.lds.org

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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.

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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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- See more at: https://www.gregolsen.com/gallery/angels-of-christmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"And there were shepherds, abiding in their fields..."

"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." (Luke 2 8-11 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/2 )

The shepherds heard the announcement by the angel, and heard a multitide of the heavenly hosts proclaiming the birth of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Creator of all things from the beginning, starting as all of us do, as little babies. 

May we ever be grateful for that sacred moment.

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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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