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What we did: Christmas

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Since Christmas celebrates Christ's birthday, He ought to receive a gift from you. If you give Him a gift that lasts all year, then you will remember Him throughout the year. Examples include the following:

  • Commit to read the Book of Mormon every day.
  • Perform some small service daily, such as calling someone who is home-bound.
  • Write to the missionaries regularly. — Jan and Clarence Dickson, Hawthorne, Calif.

    CONSTANT DELIGHT

    I have decided to listen to Christmas carols throughout the year. It seems to me that there are lessons to be learned in the words of these special hymns. Music is very important to me, and I enjoy singing as well as listening to music every day in my home.

    I love my Savior and I remember Him by reading my scriptures every day. Feeling of His Spirit on a day-by-day basis is a constant delight to me. — Janice Gayle Sheldon, Glenwood, Iowa

    GREAT DEBT

    Who among us wishes we could have been there to comfort Christ in His most difficult hours? Do we not feel a great debt, that cannot be repaid?

    The Christmas season is so precious because Christ's spirit of giving and goodwill toward men is manifest. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40.) The Savior, as He always does, chose these words very carefully. He spent a great deal of His life amongst the leper, the blind, the poor. Could we not make it a practice to actively look for and serve one such individual or family at least once every two or three months?

    This is how Christ would have us remember Him beyond Christmas. — Colin D. White, Honolulu, Hawaii

    KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS

    Actually, every Primary child could tell you the basics of remembering the Savior beyond Christmas — read the scriptures, pray daily alone and as a family, and keep the commandments.

    Here are some more specific suggestions:

  • Have pictures of the Savior in places in our homes where we will see them often. We have a poster with the Savior on the door exactly opposite my son's room, so every day of his teenage life that poster is the first thing he sees as he leaves his room.

  • Read stories of the life of Christ to our children as bedtime stories. There is much good literature from which to choose, which should be used with our families. We must not, however, forget to include the stories from the scriptures that will be of more eternal consequences in the final analysis.

  • Honor Him through service. Include in our daily prayers the desire to be His hands here on earth. — Deborah Roya, Bellingham, Wash.

    SIMPLE ANSWER

    The answer is simple; just pretend it is Christmas all year long. Your sweet grandmother would appreciate a visit as much on the 4th of July as she would on Christmas.

    There's no law that says you have to stop giving to the poor and needy when the holidays are over. They are still in need after Dec. 25.

    Embrace your spouse and tell him/her you love him/her. Read the scriptures and take them to heart.

    Being a Christian is a year-long project and one that shouldn't end on Dec. 26. — Cheryl Robinson, Mission Viejo, Calif.

    READ SCRIPTURES

    I began supplicating my Father in Heaven to help me find or create reminders to help me always remember Him. The results surprised me.

  • I began reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon at least 20 minutes each day. I also read the other scriptures regularly. I also read books and discourses about Christ.

  • I have assembled songs of praise about Christ. I enjoy singing them.

  • We display pictures of Christ throughout our home.

    The quest to always remember Christ, my Redeemer, is exciting, indeed! — Thomas F. Johnson, West Haven, Utah

    BORN OF GOD

    It is probably no more difficult to remember Christ beyond Christmas than it is to remember Christ during Christmas. With cards to mail, presents to buy and wrap, parties to go to, cookies to bake, etc., many people spend less time remembering Christ at Christmas time then they do at other times of the year.

    If we can learn to live a Christ-centered life, we will find that remembering Christ at all times will not be difficult. The key is becoming spiritually born of God. Alma promised that those who are spiritually born of God will have the image of Christ in their countenances. (See Alma 5:14-26.) As we humble ourselves, become submissive and obedient, and follow the counsel of our Church leaders, we will be able to stay in that state where Christ is an important part of our daily lives. — Richard L. Ricks, Spring, Texas

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