Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dec. 24, 2017 Merry Christmas!

What a beautiful Christmas Eve day it has been. We awoke this morning to a Harmattan sunrise with a definite pink cast to both the orb and the sky.  And it was almost cool outside!  

We listened to the ancient English carols as we prepared for church and the devotional tonight at Pres. and Sis. Grahams home which I am in charge of. When we got to Sacrament Mtg. we found out that Sunday School and Priesthood had been cancelled so my special lesson and dessert for my young singles will be saved for another day.  Elder Kacher was the closing speaker and talked about our willingness to give.  Interestingly, as the church expands they are finding that the poor are the most willing.  Because they have few worldly goods, what they share is themselves.  It reminded me of the statement of Peter …..silver and gold have I none but what I have, I give unto you.  He reviewed the circumstances of Christ ’s birth and upbringing and referred to Him as the one who gave all. 

I am starting to understand the statement by Hugh Nibley where he says our purpose on this earth is to learn to repent and to forgive.  It is the Savior who makes both of these possible. He saves us from ourselves. Without his perfect life and his atonement we would be chained to our ignorance, our weaknesses and our poor choices, with everlasting consequences.  He saves us from ourselves. His  love and his gospel, give me the impetus to change, to forgive myself, to try again, to move forward.  As I try to follow him, hope for a better life can become a reality.  And I can share that good news with others and afford them the same chance.  O the greatness of our God!  O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Tom picked petals off the ground Friday when he was out running and brought them to me. Such an intoxifying smell and such a tender thought. 

The office staff at the temple supplied us with the lovely flowers to make our apartment more festive. 

We shared our lunch with the temple president and his wife today.  Thank you Christy for the scrumptious recipe for Brussel sprouts, apples, onions and bacon. I surprisingly found some (sprouts) in the grocery store this week. We ate every last bit.

To you, our neighbors, our friends and family, may you feel of our love for you this Christmas Season.  But more importantly may you feel the love of our Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ whose birth, life and mission we celebrate this day.

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