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I know the Christmas season is past, but I wanted to share this anyway.  I wrote this for the December edition of our ward newsletter.  I think it’s a great message, regardless of the time of year. 

      I love the Christmas season!  People are generally more cheery, and friendlier and more caring towards their fellow man. There’s always this feeling of love and warmth in the air.  But, why is that?  I’m sure some of it comes from a sense of obligation to act that way this time of year.  But, I would submit that much of that “Christmas Spirit” comes from a renewed focus on Jesus Christ.  After all, Christmas is the celebration of Hischrist3 birth.  What a glorious event that was!  On that night, the birth of a tiny newborn baby forever changed the course of humanity.  In a stable, so lowly, our Lord and Savior was born.  We all know the events and story.  I’d like to speak to you about another aspect of Christmas that we may often overlook, especially in this season. 

      The mere event of Christ’s birth is wondrous and miraculous.  The Son of God was born upon this earth.  What a blessed event!  And, we celebrate it accordingly.  But why?  (I know it seems like an odd question, but bear with me for a moment.)  If Christ had grown up, and been an ordinary man, would we still celebrate His birth over 2000 years later?  No, of course not.  We celebrate His birth because of His life.  We celebrate His birth because of His death and resurrection.  We celebrate His birth because He was no ordinary man. 

Think about it for a moment.  Christ was born into this world to be our Savior.  In what is probably the most quoted Christmas scripture of all time, Luke 2:11, we are told just that.  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  He was our Savior from the beginning, and for that Heavenly hosts praised Him and rejoiced at His birth.  Christ’s role in this earthly life was to be our redeemer; to make it possible for us to return home. 

The Lord, Himself, told the Nephites of this, proclaiming, “…and this is the gospel with I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me (3 Nephi 27:13).”  He came into this world because it was the will of Heavenly Father.  The scriptures go on to say that the will of the Father was for the Atonement, death, and resurrection to occur.  So, while Jesus lived an amazing life, and taught the Gospel, and established His church here, His main purpose for coming was the Atonement. 

The Atonement is something that most of us can’t properly comprehend.    It is the ultimate act of love and mercy.  We often think of the Atonement as something just for sins.  Because of the Atonement, we can be forgiven of our sins.  However, the Atonement isn’t just about sin.  It is so all encompassing.  In Alma 7:11 we read this about the Atonement, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.”  Simply put, the Atonement is for everyone! 

So, this Christmas season, remember that were it not for the atonement of Christ, we wouldn’t really have reason to celebrate His birth.  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much, and because of that, they were willing to give us the ultimate gift.  Let us never forget that or take it for granted. 

I bear my testimony to you that the Atonement is real and that the Savior loves each and every one of us.  Through the Atonement of Christ we can all return to our Heavenly Father.  And, because of the Atonement, our lives can be blessed and changed, if we will only apply it.  I love this truth and I am so grateful to have the Gospel in my life!  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

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I recently heard a song on the radio that made me stop, and reflect, and smile. In a world so filled with anger and bitterness and anti-religious sentiments, I found this a welcome refuge from the storm. I Saw God Today, by George Straight, is a song about a man who stops to notice all the amazing things around him, and realizes that what he is really seeing is the work of God. It was beautiful.
After listening to that, I began to reflect. Truly, everywhere we look, we can see the wondrous works of the Lord. Indeed, all things testify that there is a God. It is so comforting to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who created this earth. When I really stop to think about it, and observe the little things, my testimony grows.

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February 7, 2008, was a day of mourning for conservatives everywhere.

The campaign of Governor Mitt Romney, 60, was cut short Thursday, February 7, 2008, when he announced to CPAC that he was suspending it. After he served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, he began his campaign. In February of 2007 he announced his candidacy, and was a welcome addition to conservatives. His campaign was strong from the get-go, and weathered many storms. When the focus of this candidacy became his Mormon religion, he didn’t back down, but instead faced those who criticized his faith. His candidacy was for so long the bright ray of sunshine in an otherwise grim Republican field. In a time of immense Reagan nostalgia, Romney gave many conservates/Reganites great reason to rejoice. Indeed, Mitt Romney was, in the end, the only hope for true conservatism to be back in the White House.
His campaign is survived by his wonderful family, who supported him all the way; all the volunteers that spent so many hours working on his behalf; conservatives everywhere, who miss the great Ronald Reagan; his 286 delegates; the Constitution; patriotism; hope for another run; hard work; faith; and love.
Memorial services were held in the hearts of many!

It is clear that Mitt Romney loves his country!

“It is the common task of each generation – and the burden of liberty – to preserve this country, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.
“To this task, accepting this burden, we are all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed beyond our fondest hope. America must remain, as it has always been, the hope of the Earth.
“Thank you, and God bless America.”

~Mitt Romney
CPAC, February 7, 2008

“And if you believe that as I do, that our source of strength is our people, then when America faces a new generation of challenges like we do today you don’t look to government. You don’t look to make government bigger. You don’t look to make government stronger. You look to make the people stronger. Because that has always been and will always be the source of our destiny. And when we need to call on the strength of America we look to strengthen the American people …
“We rise to the occasion time and again. Whatever we face, whatever challenges we have, there is no challenge greater than that which can be achieved by drawing upon the spirit of the people of America. This is the hope of the world. We will always be such.”

~Mitt Romney
Final Speech as RGA Chair, November 30, 2006

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New First Presidency

We have a new First Presidency. President Thomas S. Monson, 1st Counselor Henry B. Eyring, and 2nd Deiter F. Uchtdorf.
Kind of surprised about President Uchtdorf, but I think this is really great. These are all great men and I’m sure they will lead and guide this Chruch as the Lord wants.

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A friend directed me to this wonderful tribute to President Hinckley. It was done by Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host who is LDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPaZ65FDBAA

Very touching!

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Mitt Romney gave an AMAZING speech this morning, and I recommend that you all watch it! It was truly moving and inspiring! The man looked and sounded absolutely presidential! His words and message must have resonated through the hearts of millions of Americans! Even Chris Matthews liked it. You’ve got to check it out!

Click here to view the Gov. Romney’s speech!

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Reid vs. Romney?

I was just thinking today about Harry Reid, and all the ridiculous things that come out of his mouth. And, I got to thinking: I wonder if Harry Reid is going to start attacking Mitt Romney‘s faith. After all, Romney is a Mormon, everyone knows that. He has made no bones about it. He even said in the last debate that he wouldn’t back down from his faith. (For me that was wonderful. I think Romney running for POTUS will bring out a lot about the Church. Unfortunately, some of that will be anti-Mormon propaganda. I think most of it will be good, though.) Anyway, with Romney being identified as the Mormon candidate, I really wonder if Reid will attack him on that. (BTW- Reid’s secret: He’s a Mormon too!) Hard to believe? I know. He sure doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve! He actually seems to stand up for things that don’t align themselves with the Gospel. So, because Reid seems to be a walking contradiction with himself, I just chuckled when I thought of the idea of him attacking Romney on the “Mormon issue.” I imagined it going something like this: Reid attacks Romney, and says that he’s not a “good Mormon.” Romney just ignores him. Reid, looking for something to set him off, claims that he is a better Mormon than Romney ever will be. Again, Romney just ignores him. Reid goes through all the callings he’s ever had, and challenges Romney to “beat that.” Romney finally responds in a very dignified manner by bearing his testimony and then saying that a person’s faith really has nothing to do with the office of POTUS. Reid then claims that a person’s faith is an integral part of their make-up, so how could it not be an issue. Romney replies that Reid has always stood on the premise of separating his religion from politics (and adds in that he’s done so really well). Reid says it’s different for him, and he can do that, because he’s a liberal. And, after all, we all know that libs aren’t held to any actual standards or accountability.
Anyway, just a little thought I had, and it made me laugh. It’s just ironic enough that I could actually see Reid doing it. 🙂

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