Pres. Monson teaches Christmas is the time to focus on Christ

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8 2013 9:20 p.m. MST

“We miss something if we don’t see Christmas through a child’s eyes, for children see the light, they hear the music and they smell the fragrance of Christmas trees and candy canes with real anticipation,” she said.

Sister Wixom shared an experience of a Cub Scout leader in Gilbert, Ariz., who took the opportunity to teach a group of energetic 8-year-old boys about the birth of Jesus. One boy in particular listened to the story intently and kept asking, "what happened next?"

The question, "what happened next" has a real Christmas meaning, said Sister Wixom.

"After the season is over, the Christmas lights come down, the fragrance of pine dissipates into the air, and the Christmas music no longer plays on the radio, we like (the young boy), may ask, 'what happens next?'

"The wonder and awe of Christmas is just a beginning. Christmas reminds us that the babe born in Bethlehem has given us purpose for living and what happens next to us largely depends on how we embrace our Savior Jesus Christ, and follow him. … Through childlike faith we seek him and we feel his influence.”

mholman@desnews.com

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