With great joy in my heart, I present my column this Christmas Day that is just chockfull of gifts provided by those online in video, musical and blog form.
Someone shared this “Christmas 2012” album with me on Facebook and I was delighted to see it full (16!) of free musical tracks performed by LDS members here in Utah. Sit back with a steaming cup of hot chocolate (preferably this yummy-looking slow cooker version) and enjoy.
Then have you seen this new Mormon message, a video rendition of the Russian Christmas tale “The Old Shoemaker” about a man who finds the true meaning of Christmas? If not, it’s absolutely charming for viewers both young and old.
I love that these missionaries in Sierra Leone gave gifts of their time to serve by cleaning a hospital. I bet it’s a Christmas memory they long hold dear.
Here’s another musical gift, played over the blog waves to tickle your ears. It’s a gorgeous version of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Love it!
Church leaders have provided Christmas testimonies throughout the years, and this blogger distills many of them in this post of “Christmas Quotes to Put You in the Christmas Spirit.” One example from President Monson from the most recent First Presidency Christmas devotional: “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior’s teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others.”
Finally, this blogger titles her Christmas testimony simply “Deliverance.” A snippet: “The joy of this Christmas season seems to be overshadowed as we all mourn with those families in Connecticut. We may also have sorrows that the eye can’t see. My sorrow this month is the fact that I am losing another pregnancy. I acutely feel the heaviness of my loss and that of so many others. But I also feel something else. While attending a living nativity at my friend’s Adventist church I made my way with the others towards Bethlehem. There were helpful Wise Men and Shepherds along the way. We turned the last corner with the manger in view. Huddled together before the Holy Family I began to cry. Under a bright star I was reminded just how miraculous it is that we have a Savior. That he was born and died for us. And that he lives. That truth brought me peace.”
Now let me present a few more Christmas Bloggernacle posts:
Power pick — I have to once again highlight this beautiful Bible video that magnificently shows the greatest gift of all. Please take a few minutes today and view “Good Tidings of Great Joy: The Birth of Jesus Christ” with the ones you love. Plus, as a bonus, enjoy “The Nativity.”
Techie tip — At this writing, the “O Come, Emmanuel” by ThePianoGuys had gained more than 600,000 views on YouTube. I think it would be a marvelous Christmas gift to all those involved (plus any additional viewers who see it because it’s ranked higher) to get it over a million views. So share it with your family and friends, watch it a few more times, and let this music that brings in the spirit of the season permeate your hearts this Christmas Day.
Bloggernacle Back Bench: Merry Christmas
Help get this video up and over a million views by sharing it with your family and friends this Christmas day.
Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org