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Archive for December, 2012

The Gifts of Christmas

“There was a song in a film years ago with the line ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas.’ Well, 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.”
—Henry B. Eyring, “The Gifts of Christmas”, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional, December 2011

Christmas is Love

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior’s teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others.”
—Thomas S. Monson, “Christmas Is Love”, 2012 First Presidency Christmas Devotional, December 2012

Good Will Toward All Men

“Good old St. Nickolas or ‘Santa Claus,’ as the Americans first christened him, was a real person who lived in Russia about the time that old Diocletian was persecuting the early Christians. It is probably that St. Nicholas was imprisoned by this cruel emperor.

“St. Nickolas had the true spirit of Christmas and went about giving comfort to the people and making children happy. He gave gifts but concealed the identity of the giver. . . .

“Good old St. Nicholas has long gone the way of all mortals, but the joy he experienced in doing kindly deeds is now shared by millions who are learning that true happiness comes only by making others happy–the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.

“It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring ‘peace on earth,’ because it means–good will toward all men” (David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p. 550-551).

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