Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas stories- Article of the Week

Christmastime is filled with heart-warming stories of selfless acts of service and kindness that reflect the meaning of Christmas. The video is a talk given by President Thomas S. Monson, the living prophet on the earth today, at a Christmas devotional this month. The text of this talk has not been formally published so this week you get to watch the video rather than read the article.

Remember that all the warm, fuzzy stories we hear this season do nothing for anyone unless we act upon those feelings we experience while listening to them. We must go out of our way to create more selfless Christmas stories.

We must remember that this season is not Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings. The main holiday that we hope is happy for all is Christmas, the commemoration of the birth of our Savior. The greetings we send to beloved family and friends is not in celebration of the season; certainly all of you who complain about the weather all winter are not celebrating the cold and the snow. Indeed, the root of the happiness and celebration this season and each year is Christmas. I understand the "politically correct" reasons in the name of tolerance and inclusion for coining other phrases that replace Merry Christmas. However, that cannot in any way deter or take away from remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The Atonement of Jesus Christ and the hope it brings is the reason we can be so happy and that we can rejoice and the reason we celebrate the birth of our Elder Brother Jesus Christ. The love He showed us and the love that our Father in Heaven shows us should reflect through us to the blessing of all God's children.

We must emulate the work of the Master in this season and throughout the entire year. Find someone to serve. It will bless you more than them.