Saturday, December 25, 2010

Joy to the World

Today is Christmas! So what am I doing blogging on Christmas? Well, I wanted to share one thought with you--a quote that I cannot forget and cannot read without feeling the deep love that should always be felt on the day we remember the birth of the Savior of the world. The words are those of a beloved prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, and I can hear his voice in my head when I read them:

"He whose birth we commemorate this season is more than the symbol of a holiday. He is the Son of God, the Creator of the earth, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, the fulfillment of the Law of Moses, the Redeemer of mankind, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace. . . .

" 'And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

" 'For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father--

" 'That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.' (D& C 76:22-24)."

"This is our testimony to all mankind. It is our gift and blessing to the world. He is our joy and our salvation, and we will find Christmas of greater meaning in our own lives as we share these truths with others.

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "What Shall I Do Then with Jesus Which Is Called Christ?," Ensign, Dec. 1983, 5)

I have no doubt in my heart that these words are true. There is no joy like the joy that comes through the promises given by and through our Savior.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours, from my heart to yours. And may you feel the joy that comes only through Him.

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