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A thought from the scriptures

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." — John 8:12

"I reflect on the contrasts of Christmas," wrote President Thomas S. Monson in the May 1993 Ensign. "The extravagant gifts, expensively packaged and professionally wrapped, reach their zenith in the famed commercial catalogs carrying the headline 'For the person who has everything.' In one such reading I observed a 4,000-square-foot home wrapped with a gigantic ribbon and comparable greeting card which said, 'Merry Christmas.' ...

"For a few moments, may we set aside the catalogs of Christmas, with their gifts of exotic description.

"Let's even turn from the flowers for mothers, the special tie for Father, the cute doll, the train that whistles, the long-awaited bicycle — even the 'Star Trek' books and videos — and direct our thoughts to those God-given gifts that endure. I have chosen from a long list just four:

"1. The gift of birth.

"2. The gift of peace.

"3. The gift of love.

"4. The gift of life eternal."

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