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.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for reminding me that I don't have to be perfect to feel my Savior's love. No matter what my life's circumstances are, when I kneel down to pray, I can feel my Savior's loving guidance in my life.

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  2. The Lord is truly the light in my life and although I am still learning and sometimes I don't do everything I'm supposed to, I know that hears me, and that he answers my prayers. Through the atonement I have been able to go from feeling complete darkness to feeling the overpowering sense of light and joy that the Savior brings. He truly is my Savior, because he has saved me time and time again. Words cannot express how truly grateful I am to him and the spirit and light that he has allowed me to feel throughout my life. At this Christmas time it is best to remember that our minds should not be focused on presents, but on his presence and the overwhelming joy that recognizing his hand in our lives brings. I truly love the Savior with all of my heart and I have a testimony of the atonement and the miracles that it can bring.

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