Friday, December 19, 2014

A faith centered in the living Christ


“We welcome another Christmas, a time for rejoicing, the season for celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind. At this joyous time there is reaffirmed in the hearts of men and women everywhere the glorious hope of peace and good will of which the angels sang at the Savior’s birth.
The wondrous birth of Jesus Christ, His sinless life, His voluntary death as a consecrated sacrifice for the sins of mankind, His glorious resurrection with its promise of life eternal for us all, should claim our reverent attention at all times, but especially this holy season.

Our faith is centered in the living Christ, whom we seek to serve. Our prayers of gratitude ascend to God, our Eternal Father, for the great work of redemption wrought by His Son, Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah who shall come again.

We believe, and proclaim to the world, that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12.) We know he is God’s almighty Son and invite all men and women, young and old, to come unto Christ and be perfected in him.

At this holy season of Christmas, we express our love for all people everywhere and reaffirm that if we will but follow the divine principles taught by the Savior of mankind, we may partake of the peace that He came to bring.” –First Presidency Christmas Message December 1983
I love this Christmas season with all my heart. I love how the people unites in faith to do good in the world. I have been thinking lately—since I have a sister on a mission and she has been encouraging me to do better—on how I can have a more meaningful Christmas. To have a Christ-centered season this year, I want to make Christmas a more enjoyable season to those around me.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions that invites Christ in your lives?  What are some service opportunities you have found during this season? By sharing these experiences in the comments below, you will help others, like myself, realize more service opportunities that can better our lives and the lives of those around us.
Merry Christmas! 

5 comments:

  1. For me, the greatest traditions and service is doing what Christ would do. Starting with your own family and working your way out. Slow down and visit others and express your love. I find joy comes from finding service projects we can accomplish as a family. In short, trying to be the answer to someone else's Christmas prayer.

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  2. Every Christmas Eve, our family takes a few quiet moments before we go to bed and we read Luke 2. We reflect on the birth of our Savior and His life. We have also added the video, Luke 2. So we read the words then watch the event. It brings a great spirit to our home and we focus on the true meaning of the celebration of Christmas.

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  3. One family tradition that I will never forget is where we find a family or friend in need and, during the month of December, find things that we can give each of them and wrap them up and leave them on their doorstep. It truly made me feel the spirit in a special way.

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  4. Sometimes, the little things can bring the most joy. One tradition we have enjoyed thus far, is gift-giving. We have found that it can often be especially meaningful when either the recipient was not expecting a gift, was not expecting one at the time it was given, or the gift was given anonymously.

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  5. One of my favorite Christmas moments was when I was in college and my roommates and I were asked to help a specific family be able to have a good Christmas. We brought a tree and presents and food and the kids were so excited and it was a really neat experience.

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