Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

I am now signing off to enjoy Christmas with my family. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is warm, with a full belly, surrounded by loved ones, and that you feel the spirit of Christmas in your hearts. I have added part of an article form the Ensign that I would like to share.

Home for Christmas

By President Henry B. Eyring First Counselor in the First Presidency

Longing for Eternal Love

What all of us long for in our hearts, at Christmastime and always, is to feel bound together in love with the sweet assurance that it can last forever. This is the promise of eternal life, which God has called His greatest gift to His children (see D&C 14:7). That is made possible by the gifts to us of His Beloved Son: the Savior’s birth, Atonement, and Resurrection. It is through the Savior’s life and mission that we have the assurance that we can be together in love and live forever in families.

The feeling of longing for home is born into us. That wonderful dream cannot become real without great faith—enough for the Holy Ghost to lead us to repentance, baptism, and the making and keeping of sacred covenants with God. This faith requires enduring bravely the trials of mortal life. Then, in the next life, we can be welcomed by our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son to that home of our dreams.

Even in this life we can have an assurance of the coming of that day and feel some of the joys we will know when at last we arrive home. The celebration of the Savior’s birth at Christmas gives us special opportunities to experience those joys in this life.

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