Sunday, December 12, 2010

CHRISTmas Countdown 12: Christmas Message

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda



Annually, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast a Christmas Devotional by the First Presidency from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year it happened last December 5, 2010 but I was able to watch it tonight at the Quirino Meetinghouse in Aurora.,Cubao as we have a choir practice for the Jubilee Celebration.

I heard wonderful messages from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, President Henry B. Eyring, and President Thomas S. Monson and enjoyed beautiful music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra .

Excerpts of President Monsoon's talk is copied:

"Brothers and sisters, this joyful season brings to all of us a measure of happiness that corresponds to the degree to which we have turned our minds, feelings and actions to the Savior, whose birth we celebrate.

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness. Let it be a time for calling our families together, for feeling a closeness to those who are near to us and a closeness also to those who are absent.

Let it be a time of prayers for peace, for the preservation of free principles, and for the protection of those who are far from us. Let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others. Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing the true values. Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace in His teachings.

Most of all, let it be a time to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.

My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmas time fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year. This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."

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