|Photo Credit: Alan Lawrence, Paradise, Utah|
|Our Missionaries Study The Word of God|
|Elder Jason R Dymock, our son,|
serving in the Argentina, Neuquen Mission
Sometimes welcomed - sometimes shunned.
Sometimes listened to - sometimes ignored.
Sometimes loved - sometimes hated.
Yet they continue to offer the Words of Life.
Morning by morning, our missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints worldwide wake at 6:30, pray, exercise, prepare, and study; and then they go to work. They walk streets, knock doors, hold meetings, encourage, listen, and teach. They eat a little, then work again. They follow up on referrals, call back, revisit, and invite people to hear the teachings of Christ. Regardless of the outcome, they continue to offer the "virtue of the word of God." All of this is to let the world know we all can come to know the Savior. He paid the price to conquer death and sin. His great and infinite Atonement also covers our weakness, our fears, and our sorrows.
This month, I have watched our young Elders and Sisters in the Washington, Spokane (USA) Mission work diligently to teach people that the Messiah is the reason for the Christmas season. Their eyes light up with
|Elders Monson & Ipson,|
Two Great Spokane Missionaries
When my own human limitations kick in, when the darkness of depression raises its ugly head, or when I am just tired from a demanding day, I remember that Christ purposely submitted himself to the temptations and limitations of mortality so He would know how to meet our needs. I find the following words of Isaiah especially inspiring to me in moments of difficulty:
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our trans-gressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:3-6).At this warm and wonderful Christmas season, I add my own witness to the mighty prophet Isaiah:
|Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus|
George Frideric Handel set Isaiah's prophetic words to music in The Messiah. I pray that you may be touched by this inspired music, as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (Click): For Unto Us A Child is BornAnd now as I wrap up, I finish with a two minute video. It shows children throughout the world as they share their thoughts about Christmas. Children have a succinct way to communicate powerfully through their simplicity. I invite you to enjoy these beautiful words shared by children from as they testify of Jesus Christ. (Click): A Savior is Born
|White Christmas - Dec 2010 |
our Paradise, Utah Home
may make a million think.”
I recently added a link on the right side of the blog called "Christmas Links." Warm a cup of hot chocolate, cozy up on a cold evening, and enjoy some holiday highlights of song and inspirational video.
ReferencesHosea 14:2 (Old Testament)
Alma 7:12 (Book of Mormon)
Virtue defined Gree: http://biblehub.com/greek/703.htm
Isaiah 9:6; 53:3-6
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