Thursday, December 16, 2010

First Presidency Christmas Devotional

The Christmas message from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helped members of the church get into the Christmas spirit and remember Christ. The First Presidency spoke about the importance of Christmas and the Mormon Tabernacle preformed beloved Christmas songs.
President Uchtdorf spoke about the importance of noticing the beauty of Christmas. He talked about the children’s story Dr. Seuss wrote, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He said that we often can feel like the Grinch because we see the commercialism of Christmas. It is easy to feel like Christmas time is overwhelming or a burden but we should remember the true meaning of Christmas. We can see Christmas with new eyes. He said there are three things we should do during this Christmas time.

1. Rejoice in the birth of our Savior
2. Ponder the influence of Christ in our lives
3. Look steadfastly for His coming

President Eyring spoke about Christ’s ministry and the restoration of the gospel. He also said that we should never give up hope and that the Lord loves us so much that He gave us the atonement. He told the story of an elderly woman who still remembered her Redeemer and was comforted by Him in her older years. He also suggested that we should help those in need during this season because anything we do to others is like helping Him. He said that “each act of kindness is an act of kindness to Him.”

President Monson concluded the Christmas Devotional and spoke about the Christmases that he remembered growing up. The Christmases that were the most important and memorable were the ones that were filled with the Christmas spirit. He told a story from John Matheson Jr. who was an American officer in Germany 1945. He had an elderly Housekeeper and thought that he would give her a Christmas gift. He was proud of himself for giving her such an expensive gift. He thought that she was very lucky to have him give her such a gift. He gave her a gift out of pity and self-satisfaction.

She had also given him a gift of 10 postcards of Frankfurt before the tumult of war. She had made these postcards into a star. He was touched by her gift because she was so poor and that it was all that she had. The most important Christmases are the ones that we feel closer to the Savior. He concluded saying that we should help other and take this time to remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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