“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.
So what are you willing to give to those around you. the Lord, and Jesus Christ?
A hand to those in need?
A hand to further the work of the Lord?
A voice to tell those that matter most you love them?
A voice to pray to him who loves you most?
When we take the time to center the Savior in our lives we start to develop his attributes. We start to become more like our Big Brother.
Even though Christmas has past, we should always be looking for opportunities to serve and love the Lord. This should be our biggest priority in the New Year.
I testify that as we start to reach out to those in need around us, we can experience happiness and joy. Even a fullness of joy. That only comes when we serve and love.
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What is faith?
To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). Each day you act upon things you hope for, even before you see the end result. This is similar to faith.
Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power.
The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you.
As this faith grows inside you, It becomes unwavering and a firm foundation. Faith in Christ brings salvation. Because true faith brings results.
The results of true faith is repentance.
An important lesson is to be learned from the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. The Lord fed them with manna each and every day. He did this so that they would remember him, and realize their dependence on them. As we take the sacrament each week, we remember the Savior and his sacrifice for us. And as we pray each day, we plead with the Lord for help, strength, and understanding. If the Lord really wanted to, He could bless us all at once and we would never have to ask for anything again. But he doesn’t so that we will remember him.
The Strength you are given each day is to be used for good, to be used to serve and love. And as we go good things with our time and strength, we are changed to become more like Jesus Christ. But this change is not an instant one. And we rarely see the changes happen. But when we look back and see the difference on then to now. We will be surprised to see the growth that we have made.
Let us use our time wisely, and constantly rely on the Lord for our strength and assistance.
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Fern attended high school in a small town. She was one of those nice but unnoticed girls who don’t become much but a face on a yearbook page and a name on the rolls. Her family was poor, and they lived out of town. She was not part of the “in crowd,” and the only time her name came up in a conversation of other students was in that mocking, sarcastic way that seems funny when you are young, insecure, and need to ridicule someone else to take the pressure off yourself. Her name became synonymous with anything dumb or out of style. If a thing was unacceptable or ridiculous, the students called it “Ferny.”
Young people can be so cruel.
It was an annual tradition in the school to recognize the student who showed the most school spirit and support for the athletic teams. When the assembly came to honor that student, as expected, they called out the name of one of the more popular girls in the school. She bounced up the aisle smiling and waving to all her friends. But then a miracle happened. As she took the stage, she said, “I can’t accept this award. Yes, I have loved the teams and cheered for them at every game. But Fern has come to every game, too. I came in a nice, warm car surrounded by my happy friends. She came alone and walked all the way—two and a half miles—sometimes in the rain or snow. She had to sit by herself, but I don’t know anyone who cheered with as much spirit as Fern. I would like to nominate her for the most enthusiastic student in the school.”
Fern was escorted to the stage to a spontaneous standing ovation from her fellow students.
Youth can be so kind.
– Robert L. Backman
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