Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Isn’t this just the best time of the year? I wish every season was the Christmas season. People are so much happier it seems! And why couldn’t we be this happy and friendly all the time? Maybe one day. But the Christmas season is one of such joy and happiness simply because of the spirit it brings. That spirit, is the spirit of Christ. And so if it is the Spirit of Christ that causes these wonderful feelings, shouldn’t we act on those feelings by doing what Christ would? And what would Christ do? He would look outward, rather than inward. He would ask, “what can I give?” rather than “what can I get?” So then, is it a bad thing to receive gifts? No! Of course not! But is it a bad thing to give them? Absolutely not. Rather we are to “Give and never remember; Receive and never forget.”

So what are we to give? Gifts are good. But is it the gift that ultimately makes one happy or sad? Is it the material possession of an object that makes a gift what it is? No, it is not. What is it then that makes a good gift? The thing that makes a good gift is the thought put into it. We are all human. We all want to feel loved. And when we know that someone has put thought into what gift they would give us; when we feel that that gift was chosen for us with care; when we notice the sacrifice one has made in our behalf, we feel loved. This feeling of love is what makes the gift what it is. In short, we are to give gifts of love. And those kinds of gifts do not only have to be material. They can be a kind word. They can be a helping hand. They can be an unspoken gesture. The options are limitless! So in this special season, first remember why we celebrate Christmas, and then do what He, Christ, would; give a gift of love. Besides, you never know just what your gift of love could contribute to that person’s life.

I love you all and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Elder Walker

P.S- Thank you to those who sent me Christmas gifts, whatever form they were in! I know and I felt that they were gifts of love, and I am grateful for them!

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