Sunday, January 02, 2011

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" (Christmas 2010)

… The Son of God cometh in his glory,
in his might, majesty, power, and dominion.

Yea, my beloved brethren,
I say unto you, that the Spirit saith:
Behold the glory of the King of all the earth;
and also the King of heaven shall very soon
shine forth among all the children of men. (Alma 5:50)
 
“This joyful season brings to all of us a measure of happiness that corresponds to the degree to which we have turned our minds, feelings, and actions to the Savior, whose birth we celebrate.

“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness. Let it be a time for calling our families together, for feeling a closeness to those who are near to us and a closeness also to those who are absent.

“Let it be a time of prayers for peace, for the preservation of free principles, and for the protection of those who are far from us. Let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others. Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing the true values. Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace in His teachings.

“Most of all, let it be a time to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the Wise Men. May the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year.” (President Thomas S. Monson, First Presidency Christmas Devotional, December 5, 2010.)

This has been an amazing year for our family. Sydney married Mike. Carrie and Scott added another son to their crew of boys. A Merry Christmas to you all, hoping this sacred season brings you joy and the New Year many more happy memories.

All our love,

Scott & Becky Vanatter

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