Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Message 2011

This year has been one that has put a dent in the way that I look at life, not just as a missionary but as a Son of God. I have seen so many people from all over the world come unto the restored gospel. It is truly an amazing work that we as members of the church do. But that is not the thing that has made a dent in my life but is the Savior Jesus Christ and the love that he and our Heavenly Father have shown us. John 3:16 tells that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.” That truly is an act of love. Now as we come closer to this Christmas we start to think about the birth of that wonderful Son of God. Who died and suffered so that we can return to the presence of our Father. But just think about the type of place that he was born in; it was not in a hospital or a nice clean place, but in a stable that was filthy and smelled like barn animals. It was the most humble place to find a King that would give us all and is the only one that can save us from ourselves and the adversary. The path that He led was a long and painful one, mainly at the end of his life but He showed us how to live. And that is by giving of ourselves and helping our fellow beings. King Benjamin taught in Mosiah 2:17. I know that it is true! and as we follow those teachings we will find the joy that we are looking for in this life; for that is the best gift you can give to our King. I would encourage all to find someone that needs help this time of season and every day of your life and help them out. Just as the hymn says “Have I done any good in the world to day" that should be our motto for our lives. For service is truly the Best thing that we can do for our fellow brothers and sisters, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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