Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas-a wonderful time of year

Christmas is a wonderful time of year! It’s a time to reflect on our lives, a time to be with our loved ones, to give gifts and receive love.  More importantly, it is a time to remember the incredible birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am often amazed at His humble beginning on this earth and His humble departure from this earth. But I am more amazed at His greatness while He was on this earth. He performed miracles, healed the sick, raised the dead - He did these things because He loves all mankind! I see His love for me every day. It’s in the small, simple things around me - the laugh of a child, the love of my family, the beauty of nature. And the most precious gift I have received through the love of Jesus Christ is His gift to me of the Atonement. Through the Atonement, He paid the price for my sins so I could return to live with Him one day - He loves me that much! What an amazing blessing. He is there for me, through sorrow and happiness.
As a mother, I often reflect on the life of Mary - the mother of the Son of God. What a strong woman she must have been. She raised Jesus as a child and taught Him to be compassionate and love all those around Him. Although He was the Son of God, I believe that Mary was an incredible influence on Jesus Christ as well.
I am so thankful to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for the many blessings I receive everyday because of His life and sacrifice. I know He lives; I know He will return to the earth again. I am grateful for His sacrifice for me and to know that He loves me.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blessings in Disguise

I love the Christmas season. How perfect is it to have the most peaceful, uplifting and glorious holiday to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ during the darkest time of the year. Many times the only light I see is my Lord Jesus Christ during stormy and rough trials of my life. He is my lighthouse, my guide, and my teacher.


 Christ is our creator of the earth and, throughout His mortal ministry, taught through parables. Putting this together and testing it out, I have come to realize that Christ, in so many ways, teaches us through His creations. It is a part of life to go through hardships and trying times, and our Savior understands every bit of what we go through. I have no doubt in my mind that He knew we’d face difficult times and to help us get through these, He placed spiritually uplifting things in our lives-people, sunrises, and warm blankets straight from the dryers. Through His tender mercies, throughout His mortal life and throughout mine, I find hope, peace and joy. I am eternally grateful for His love and mercy. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christ is Christmas

                Over two thousand years ago a miraculous event occurred in the most humble of circumstances.  My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born. 

It took many years for me to truly understand the significance of this miracle.  For a long time my Savior was a being that I couldn’t really understand or feel close to.  I was taught by goodly parents about my Savior, his role in my life, and his purpose for all of us.  I believed in His Atonement and that I could ask my Heavenly Father for forgiveness of my sins through prayer.  I also believed that through my Savior’s Atonement I could be forgiven for my trespasses. While I believed these things, it took a lot of trial and error on my part to gain a true understanding of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I know that Jesus suffered for me in Gethsemane; I have felt his forgiving spirit in my life.  I utilize the forgiving power of the Atonement every day and I know that this power is real.  I know that the atoning sacrifice of my Savior is something I may never truly comprehend.   But I have also learned that the power of the Atonement is so much more than just a vehicle for forgiveness. 

            I turn to my Savior for help on a daily basis. Christ suffered for me so that He could know me.  He knows my every thought, feeling, and emotion.  Because He knows me this way, I can turn to Him for anything.  I can lay at His feet all of my emotions, knowing that He will help me understand my feelings.  I am a witness of His love; the Savior has helped me through the most difficult times of my life.  I can’t express the gratitude I have for my Savior’s Atonement.  It bears the burden of the trials of this life and so I don’t have to be weighed down anymore.  There isn’t a greater gift than this!   

            I pray that during this holiday season that we will all strive to become closer to our Savior.  I pray that we will emulate His perfect example and find a way to serve someone in need.  As we do, we will become more like Him. 
            I know that my Savior lives.  He is my brother, my friend.  Christ is always there for me, waiting for me to utilize His Atonement. When I do, I become closer to him, feeling of His love for me.  I bear my witness that these things are true and that the power of the Atonement is real.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Welcome

Welcome to our blog! We are trying out something new and will begin posting in the month of December.

Just a few things about us: Our blog staff is made up of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church; we are also known as Mormons, because in addition to the Bible we believe in another testament of Jesus Christ called the Book of Mormon. We are thrilled to start up this blog and will be posting weekly about our Heavenly Father, our savior Jesus Christ, the gospel, and different aspects of our faith alongside testimonies (or statements of belief) by other members of our church regarding these topics. Ultimately, our aim is to share the truth of God's love for all of His children and His great desire for us to have real happiness and joy.

Thanks for visiting our blog, and we hope you visit us again soon!

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