Transfers are this week and Sister Merrell and I will be staying in MOUNTAIN HOME!! Hallelujah!! We are so excited to continue working hard!
This morning I was studying the story of Samuel the Lamanite in Helaman 14 when he prophesies of the coming of the Savior. I love this story. He testifies that in five years, a Savior would be born (discover why at Christmas.mormon.org). At the end of the chapter (verses 30-31), Samuel tells the people that because they have been given the gift of agency, central to God's plan, that we can choose for ourselves freely what we may, they can choose eternal life (living with God forever) or damnation (being separated from God and His influence forever). Each of us have that choice. What a great gift and blessing it is. And if we choose eternal life, it is made possible through Jesus Christ. None of us are perfect and we all need Him to be able to receive eternal life.
This one is going to be super short, but I want to share a quote I heard this week.
"Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the Spirit of Christ." -President Monson
I hope that we can all live in the Spirit of Christ this season. It is a time of giving, a time of hope, and a time of peace and joy! What a great opportunity it is to know we have a Savior and know that we can have peace and joy through Him our entire lives and into the next life. Conditional upon whether or not we choose to follow Him.
I love the Savior. I know He lives! I am so grateful for His birth and this time we get each year to focus on Him. Attached is a picture of one of my favorite Creches from the event last week!
I love you all!!