It has been a while since I have posted on this site. I have been very busy lately doing good things, but I have been thinking a lot about Christmas and what we can do to bless the lives of our sisters. Relief Society is a sisterhood, and the watchcare that Visiting teachers provide, is powerful. The message for December 2013 is found here: https://www.lds.org/liahona/2013/12/the-divine-mission-of-jesus-christ-the-only-begotten-son?lang=eng
"In the New Testament we read of women, named and unnamed, who exercised faith in Jesus Christ, learned and lived His teachings, and testified of His ministry, miracles and magesty. These women became exemplary disciples and important witnesses in the work of Salvation.
For example, Martha bore a strong testimony of the Saviors divinity when she said to Him, "I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world" (John 11:27)
Some of the earliest witnesses of the Savior's divinity were His mother, Mary, and her cousin Elizabeth. Soon after the angel Gabriel visited Mary, she visited Elisabeth. As soon as Elisabeth heard Mary's greeting, she 'was filled with the Holy Ghost" ( Luke 1:41) and bore testimony that Mary would become mother to the Son of God."
We are fast approaching the Christmas Season, where so much of the true message of the Birth of Jesus Christ, gets lost in the Black Friday sales, Christmas Shopping, Christmas Parties, and visits to Santa. What if we focused our efforts of testifying of Jesus' birth, and his life and what His Atonement means in our life. Would we be able to better serve others at Christmastime, if we kept those thoughts and feelings in our hearts? What if we were to give something away that really mattered?
I have recently written a Family Christmas book, which is now out, and doing pre-launch sales. It is called, 'If you want to be happy, give something away. " The message of this book helps to remind us, that when we serve and do things for others, we not only make others happy in the process, but we become happy too. Hearts can change as we give to others, and not just the hears of those we give to. Happiness is a natural byproduct of serving, and we don't need to only focus on material gift giving, but there are so many other kinds of things we can do to "give something away." Now... back to LDS.org.... when I was looking at their homepage, I found a link to a darling video that shares some great ideas about things we can do at Christmastime, that don't involve spending money, but they are still gifts we can give away. That cute video is called "The Reason Behind Christmas." The video is only alittle over 3 minutes, so please take a few moments, and watch it. Get some ideas of what you can do to give away to others, but in a more Christlike way. Then... go do it!
I hope you can be a Mary and Martha and testify of Jesus through your acts of service, love and giving away not just through the holidays, but all year thorugh.