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.