Thursday, December 8, 2011

Message from the R.S. Presidency December 2011

   We know what the Christmas season ought to be--we know it should be a time of reflection on the birth of the Savior, a time of celebration and generosity.  But, surrounded with the commercialization and even greed of the season, we can find ourselves much like the memorable Dr. Seuss character, Grinch, as he stated, "For fifty-three years I've put up with it!  Now... I MUST stop this Christmas from coming...but how?"  Only when the Grinch sees Christmas through new eyes, does he understand the true meaning of the season.
   If we look fro what is wrong with the Christmas season, we can surely find it.  But if we look for the good, we can see this time of year with new eyes--perhaps even with the eyes of a child.  Then our eyes will be open to the miracles all around us--at Christmas time and throughout the year.
   Sisters, let us enjoy the peace and joy of the season!  Let us feel gratitude for the Savior's life, teachings, and sacrifice for us.  Let this gratitude draw us closer to our family and fellowmen.  Let it renew our determination to follow the Savior's teachings.  My sincerest wishes to you for a wonderful and merry Christmas season!  (Taken from Pres. Uchtdorf's comments, 2010 First Presidency Christmas Devotional).

                                                                           -Sis. Diana Hirschi

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