First Presidency urges love, service in Christmas message

Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 7:18 p.m. MST

In this 2011 file, President Thomas S. Monson, center, gestures for the audience to sit down prior to the First Presidency's Christmas devotional in the Conference Center.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued its annual Christmas message Friday:

The Spirit of Christmas creates in our hearts a desire to give joy to others and to serve them. At this time of year we feel a spirit of giving and of gratitude for what we have been given. The celebration of Christmas helps us keep our promise to always remember the Savior and His gifts to us and, in turn, to serve others.

Each act of kindness to anyone becomes a kindness to the Savior because He loves all of Heavenly Father’s children. And because that brings joy to Him it also brings joy to His Father, to whom we owe thanks beyond measure.

Jesus Christ taught us that there is a way to give an even more priceless and lasting gift. He said: “I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). With all the kindnesses we give for Him, the greatest we can offer is to point those we love and serve toward Him, the only source of Eternal Life.

We bear witness of the living reality of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the peace and joy that come through Him be present in the lives and hearts of God’s children throughout the world this Christmas season.

—The First Presidency

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