[Land-speed] Merry Christmas ... but first Happy Birthday. Not LSR
wester6935 at comcast.net
Mon Dec 24 16:29:11 MST 2007
Soon we'll be out the door to go to my wife's birthday party. Once
again she is only seven years younger than I am. Looks fifteen years
younger. Her folks always made a big fuss about her birthday and that
is a break for me because it separates the day from Christmas.
For all the land-speed family ... have a great Christmas!
President Hunter said this some fifteen or so years ago. It's worth
repeating and remembering.
> Christmas is a time when we can give the greatest gifts. Christmas
> is a time for giving. Someone once said he couldn't think of what to
> give for Christmas. The next day in the mail he received an
> anonymous list which read:
> Give to your enemy forgiveness,
> To your opponent tolerance,
> To your friend your heart,
> To all men charity, for the hands that help are holier than lips
> that pray,
> To every child a good example, and to yourself-respect.
> All of us need to follow the example of the Savior in giving these
> kinds of gifts.
> This Christmas, "Mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend.
> Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a
> soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and
> deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize.
> Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of
> someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your
> gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take
> pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and
> then speak it again." (Adapted from an unknown author.) Christmas is
> a celebration, and there is no celebration that compares with the
> realization of its true meaning-with the sudden stirring of the
> heart that has extended itself unselfishly in the things that matter
> most. (94-20)
> You can find the true spirit of Christmas by turning your heart to
> God. If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake
> of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During
> the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find
> time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a
> quiet place, and on your knees-alone or with loved ones-give thanks
> for the good things that have come to you, and ask that his Spirit
> might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve him and keep his
> commandments. He will take you by the hand and his promises will be
> President Howard W. Hunter
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