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Gift giving

December 3, 2011

Though we make an effort to follow the pattern of gift giving,
sometimes our program becomes an exchange-gift given for gift expected.
Never did the Savior give in expectation. I know of no case in his life
in which there was an exchange. He was always the giver, seldom the
recipient. Never did he give shoes, hose, or a vehicle; never did he
give perfume, a shirt, or a fur wrap. His gifts were of such a nature
that the recipient could hardly exchange or return the value. His gifts
were rare ones: eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the
lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath
to the lifeless. His gifts were opportunity to the down-trodden,
freedom to the oppressed, light in the darkness, forgiveness to the
repentant, hope to the despairing. His friends gave him shelter, food,
and love. He gave them of himself, his love, his service, his life. The
wise men brought him gold and frankincense. He gave them and all their
fellow mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life. We should
strive to give as he gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift.

(Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 246.)

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