Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Message

Christmas is undoubtedly my favorite holiday. I mean, who doesn't like giving/receiving gifts, cards, hot chocolate, and if you're English, minced pies! And don't forget Santa Clause (although I was horrified of him as a kid) and reindeer and lights and snowmen (well, not in Tempe at least) but you get the picture. People are generally happier, even if Mums and Dads are under more stress. Oh, and don't forget the lack of school work for a month! It doesn't get better, right?!

Well, I'd say no, because really we should be filled with the Spirit of Chirst, and not simply the Spirit of Christmas. Don't get me wrong, the festive time of the year shouldn't be diminished in our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but we musn't allow materialism and commercialism dominate the true meaning of Christmas, which is the following:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

The spirit in the air should be filled with a love toward others, as that is how we show our love in return toward our Heavenly Father. As a father of mortal children would be ever so willing to bless his children for that with which they are obedient, so our Heavenly Father is anxious to bless us if we follow the example of Jesus Christ, and not rebel to put ourselves in timeout. That is the true spirit with which we should conduct our lives in order to fully utilize the atonement that was given to every individual who ever has and will live upon the Earth.

Let's make sure the Spirit of Christ(mas) lasts throughout our lives!

Merry Christmas!

Love you all,

Elder McCook

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