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Make Christmas the beginning

December 14, 2011

With Christmastime upon us, and all the presents and goodies and festivities that accompany it, we must remember that, as nice as they are, these are not the things that bring true, lasting happiness. It is through service—the helping hand, the loving heart, and the willing spirit—that we receive real joy. In Romans, Paul reminds us that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 14:17).

The spirit of Christmas prompts us to open our hearts and take notice of others in a special way. The love of Christ, however, should be the object of our worship and the focus of our lives not only during this holiday season but at all times. Let us make Christmas the beginning of a year-round celebration of Christ’s birth, His life, and His mission.

Christmas Message from The First Presidency to the Children of the World, Friend, Dec. 1991

I’m sharing Christmas quotes every day this month.  To read the previous ones, click here.

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