Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the 7th day of Christmas, and Christmas Devotional 2011

On the 7th day of Christmas....

Today's prompt
December 7th
Today's Goal: Foster peace on earth by not quarreling with your family or friends. 
Reading: 3 Nephi 12:3 
 Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
 And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
 And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Song: More Holiness Give Me, Hymn 131 

So today I had the opportunity to watch the Christmas Devotional. It only reminded me of how much I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  I love Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk about Christmas 

"Christmas in it's essence is much more sturdy and enduring then the many minor things of life, we too often use to adorn it with."

"Christmas is really about the Christ."

"It is Christmas and some of the cherished traditions of the season that reminds us that we like the wise man of old should seek the Christ.
And lay before Him the most precious of gifts,
a broken heart and a contrite spirit."
 I used this lesson to help me understand the meaning of a broken heart and a contrite spirit

(Lesson 19 in the Aaronic Priesthood manual 2)

"We should offer Him our love. We should give Him our willingness to take upon ourselves his name; and walk in the path of discipleship. We should promise to remember Him always. To emulate His example.  And to go about doing good."
 I love the way Dieter F. Uchtdorf words everything.

He makes it plain and simple. We should

  • be willing to take upon His name
  • Walk in the path of discipleship  
 Disciple. A pupil or learner; a name used to denote (1) the twelve, also called apostles, (2) all followers of Jesus Christ. We also read of disciples of John the Baptist and of the Pharisees (Mark 2:18).
  •  Always remember Him 
  • Try to be like Him (emulate his example)
  • Do good. 

"We cannot offer him the gift of perfection in all things, because this is a gift above our capacity to give- at least for now. The Lord does not expect that we commit to move mountains, but he does require that we bring as gifts our best efforts to move our selves, one foot in front of the other, walking in the ways He has prepared and taught."

I feel like I needed to hear this. "The Lord does not expect that we commit to move mountains." I sometimes worry about my art work {and other things} and it not being perfection. I know I strive for perfection when I should strive to do my best. My mom once told me a story. This man was a painter and he would work on his art till it was "perfect", he would never get anything done because he spent all his time and effort making one painting perfect. He realized he should just do his best and enjoy the process. During this earthly life we should do our best, but not forget to enjoy the process. I know that as long as we a trying the Lord will love us for our efforts no matter how small the task we do .

The gifts we will receive... 
  • Immortality
  • Forgiveness
  • Eternal life
...Because of our Savior Jesus Christ
 "He extends many gifts and his grace to us everyday. He promises to be with us, to come to us when we need comfort, to lift us when we stumble, to carry us if needed, mourn and rejoice with us. Everyday he offers to take us by the hand and help transform ordinary life to extraordinary spiritual experience."

I know that he lives. I love my Savior. I know that he loves me and I can not wait to see him again someday. 

Please review the Living Christ with your Family or friend this Sunday.
You can read it & print it out HERE.

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