|Nativity in La Vega|
I love Christmas and all of the traditions, memories and activities that accompany this time of year.
One of my favorite prophets is Howard W. Hunter. The last address he gave was in December of 2002 entitled "The Gifts of Christmas." I would like to share a portion of this talk with all of you as you contemplate what gifts you can give to those you love.
"The Savior dedicated His life to blessing other people. As expressed by His chief Apostle, Peter. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good”
Never did the Savior give in expectation of receiving. He gave freely and lovingly, and His gifts were of inestimable value. He gave eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. His gifts were opportunity to the downtrodden, freedom to the oppressed, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing, and light in the darkness. He gave us His love, His service, and His life. And most important, He gave us and all mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life.
Let us strive to give as He gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift. We give as a remembrance of all the Savior has given.
This Christmas. . .
Mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again."
I am motivated by the example of our Savior and encouraged to ponder the words of the prophet and determine what gift I can give my Savior.
Merry Christmas to all of our family, friends and loved ones.