“And there were gathered together in one place an innumerable company of the spirits of the just, who had been faithful in the testimony of Jesus while they lived in mortality; and who had offered sacrifice in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of God, and had suffered tribulation in their Redeemer’s name. All these had departed the mortal life, firm in the hope of a glorious resurrection, through the grace of God the Father and his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I beheld that they were filled with joy and gladness, and were rejoicing together because the day of their deliverance was at hand.”
“There are no people that make the sacrifices that we do, but for us it is not a sacrifice but a privilege??---the privilege of obedience, the privilege of entering into a working partnership with our Father in Heaven and earning the choice blessings promised to those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 27).
Here we are at the beginning of another year. There is anticipation of what the new year will bring. For me, it is a time to reflect on the year that has past and the year that lies ahead. The past year had experiences of pain, sorrow, and difficulties, but also joy, happiness, and wonderful memories.
After what must have been several inappropriate, and possibly illegal, vehicular actions, my poor mood got the best of me. Slamming on the brakes as a young lady pulled out in front of me, I yelled out to myself, “Are you sure these people can become gods?”
Christmas is a time of year when we inch a little closer to being “filled with the love of God.” We reach out to the less fortunate, we reach out to family and friends, we reach out with hope and commitment to live more like our Savior.