Mormon leaders focus on love, giving at holiday devotional (+photos)

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  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Dec. 3, 2012 8:15 p.m.


    I thought the exact same thing. Not about the barometer (his family is extremely science oriented) but about the letter. He seemed grateful not to have sent it. I thought he was going to read something with a bit of fire. Like you, I found the sentiments he related to us were quite mild.

    Maybe that is why he is where he is. A mild heart.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    "We're so picked on and persecuted"...

    Happy Holidays, Seasons Greeting, Merry Christmas. Why in the world do some people get their Hanes in a bundle over this?

    Steve and Eydie sang about Happy Holidays years ago
    Perry Como sang Home for the Holidays
    Not to mention a whole list of "Christmas carols" that don't mention Christmas. Are they all on your "naughty list"?

    Sheesh. Lighten up and enjoy the time of year and EVERYTHING that goes with it.

  • Brother Dave Livermore, CA
    Dec. 3, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    I have to agree with Midwest Mom and CVgal that this was a CHRISTMAS Devotional and was Promoted as such. Too much "political correctness" sometimes. I wonder if the author of this story used the "holiday" word on purpose or not? It's not the "normal" thing in the
    LDS culture.

    Anyway, we saw the Christmas Devotional on the BYU TV channel and enjoyed the Music and each of the three Christmas Messages.

    Also very much enjoyed the new movie "Silent Night" which followed right after the
    Christmas Devotionl on the BYU TV channel. It is a very good/excellent historical/biographical type movie about the creator of the Christmas Carol
    "Silent Night", Joseph Mohr. Joseph Mohr certainly left a Legacy.

    Thank You First Presidency, Mormon Taberncale Choir, and BYU-TV!!

    Merry Christmas to you all!!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    I loved Pres. Eyring's "letter" he wrote expressing his frustation regarding the barometer (who gets their kid a barometer!? Talk about nerdy kids. Heheh. ) I was expecting him to have written a few inflammatory remarks, but no... I thought, 'wow. this guy does not know how to express frustration.' He was way too nice about it.

    Still his point was beautiful, regarding the time he spent with his son meant more to his son than the actual gift that never quite worked right.

    A very nice thought. I hope to put that into practice.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    I agree with Midwest Mom, and I don't wish to make a big thing of it. But ........ come on DN...... you know it was a Christmas program. It was advertised as a Christmas Devotional. Now that said, it was lovely and I so appreciate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the performers, service missionaries, ushers, etc., etc. for giving so freely of their time to help in these wonderful programs being "gifted" to us ... free! And the talks by our First Presidency were lovely. So many good thoughts and feelings to think about ... and now to share with others during this very precious season. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 3, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    "Holiday devotional?" I think that we can clearly state that the purpose of this annual devotional is the celebration of Christmas. Yes, it is a holiday, but more importantly it is a holy day for those of this and other Christian faiths. In this era of spying wars on religion, which this paper reports regularly, I would have thought that the DN would not be straddling the fence on this one. There are many better ways and more important issues for the DN to flex its politically correct muscle.

    If, on the other hand, this was merely an oversight, I would hope that the DN, and many of its "conservative" readers, would realize that many perceived persecutions are merely unintended oversight and not a proactive policy against people of faith.