How is your Christmas shopping coming? Mike mostly finished ours last weekend, but we still have a few things to find. It can be overwhelming and stressful, and really distracting from the spirit of Christmas. I've been trying hard to bring that spirit into our home. I thought this little video was helpful, and a good reminder for this busy week.
Also, did you watch the Christmas Devotional last night? We missed it, but we're planning on watching it for Family Home Evening tonight. I saw this quote on the church's instagram feed this morning and wanted to share it here. It was taken from Elder L. Whitney Clayton's address last night:
"Because of the Savior born two thousand years ago in Bethlehem, there is hope--and so much more. There is redemption, release, victory and triumph. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail. No wonder a choir of angels suddenly appeared as a heavenly exclamation point to the angel's announcement of the Savior's birth, singing 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill toward men.' No message could ever be more reassuring. No message ever was filled with more good will toward men. As the Lord taught, 'These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.'"
Those last lines are some of my favorite in the Bible. No matter what happens to us here on earth, no matter what heartache or disappointment or pain or trial we encounter, we can have hope because Jesus Christ has overcome it all.
Good luck this week!