My friend Jocelyn Christensen has invited me to do a blog post about "Christmas in the Book of Mormon" to add to her Book of Mormon Blog Hop. I'm only on 1st Nephi in my BOM series, but I thought it might be OK to interrupt my usual programming to bring you the following attempt at doing so...
When I was 5 years old on a Christmas Eve night I promised myself and God that I would say Happy Birthday to Jesus in the morning BEFORE I opened any presents. On Christmas morning, as soon as I opened my eyes, I rushed out to the living room to see what Santa brought for me. I had a nice pile of stuff, one being a huge present wrapped in paper with Santas all over it. My good presents were nearly always wrapped in Santa wrapping paper. You can ask my wife about my obsession with Santas on my wrapping paper that continues today.
|If it was wrapped in Santas, you knew it was good|
|Oh yes, The Book of Mormon, right. Sorry, got carried away with my fire truck.|
Is it better to give or to receive?
Whoever told you it is better to give must have never been given a brand new Tonka fire truck. It is better to receive. Well, I don't really say it's better to receive based on a fire truck or gift card to Walmart or any worldly present. I'm talking about this gift:
16. For God so loved that world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Can you imagine any amount of gift giving or righteous acts of love and charity that would do us any good if we did not receive the gift of the Son of God?
Back to Samuel's prophecy.
Helaman 14: 15-17
15. For behold, He surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth Him and becometh expedient that He dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of The Lord.
16. Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death -that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of The Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
17. But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of The Lord.
|My parents dropping me off at the MTC in 1987|