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

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  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Those who chastise those for growing accustomed to getting things for good behavior will surely be disappointed with heaven....

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    Dec. 11, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Your version of Christ and Christendom does not exist in the Bible any more than the polygamous, man-evolved God who visited South America does. But hope springs eternal...

    I do apologize for my unkind post, which came off snarky and sanctimonious. Pres. Monson's message was a sweet, wise and encouraging one for believers at this busy season. And I don't think Jesus appreciates me using His special season to register my disagreement with LDS theology. It detracted from 'the Reason for the Season', His Advent into human time to give us Life and Life!

    I celebrated 35 beautiful Mormon Christmases, for which I give much thankfulness for the joyful memories.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to the Christ Child!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Those who grow accustomed to getting "things" for good behavior,
    will be sorely disappointed with Heaven.

  • aubrey1 orem, utah
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    May we all find the Christ of Christendom. A three in one being who isn't human, but is everywhere but nowhere, intangible, so large that He (I mean it,since God is not male or female) that it can fill the universe, but so small that it can dwell in your heart. That we might find the God who sent himself and then prayed to himself, "Myself, Myself, why have I forsaken myself." The God who was perfectly happy without us, but made us for fun. He (it) made heaven and hell and people to go to both. A God whose only purpose for us is to say He (it) is our savior then we can avoid going to the hell which He made. Merry Christmas.

  • Hurricanes South korea, 00
    Dec. 10, 2013 4:25 a.m.

    I was real exicted to hear Thomas S Monson/1st Presidency,shared the christmas Spirit message and holy spirit with other Lds church leaders to spread the christmas message. Thomas S Monson/1st Presidency made a wise choice, by having Rosemary Wixom (a wise and insightful woman in the Lds church. I would love to hear Sister Elaine Dalton and Sister Cheri Dew/ Maybe the Missionaries/Mission president from Mtc Provo Utah.
    Globle treker, the Lds church is in the modern world and has to reach their Christmas message to many different cultures/colour and creed.
    Thomas S Monson and the 1st Presidency, please bring new friends from the Lds church for next years Christmas Devotional.
    Deseret News , may the Christmas spirit and Holy spirit be with you for the Christmas season.

  • Globetrecker Arlington, va
    Dec. 9, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    I loved President Monson's talk but found that I really, really missed hearing from the First Presidency. The other speakers were lovely, but not the same as hearing from Pres. Uchtdorf and Pres. Eyring.

    This year's set and colors were off and the crowd lighting was really too bright, not dimmed like before...not nearly as beautiful as in previous years. Missed the old format!!!!

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Dec. 9, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Like they said, it is all about Chirst.

    I am looking forward for some future day, when all the Christians will drop their Seasom Spendings and move their efforts toward other parts of the world, where help is needed much more.

    Until then, let us enjoy Christmas.

  • ca2000 West Wendover, NV
    Dec. 9, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    @ Breathe Deep--Very well stated. Thank you!

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    No mortal can fully see into the heart of another to know whether or not they have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. Christ alone is the judge of that. He gave us a clue that we find in the New their fruits ye shall know them. The best of those fruits is love to our fellow-man.

    My wish, one I have had all my life since I was a child is that the judging will stop. While growing up I was kicked out of three churches when it was discovered that I was a Mormon. The first time it was my fault. I disagreed with the Sunday School teacher, but I was only five. After that I learned to keep my mouth shut but that didn't always help. Loving those who hurt and judge us is difficult and I know it is also difficult for anti-Mormons not to accuse us of not being Christian. Again, only God knows who has truly been born again. Some Mormons have, some haven't. The same with all denominations.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    I would estimate that there are thousands, perhaps millions, of such messages propagated throughout the world at this time of year. I would not fault the message and the good that it does for us to hear it. I feel that there’s no limit to the worth of aids in the civilization of human beings.

  • Breathe Deep Eagle Rock, ID
    Dec. 9, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    RE: OnlyTheCross

    We have already found HIM and HE lives.

    May you find HIM too.

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    The Christmas Devotional was wonderful! Thank you President Monson, Sister Wixom, Elder Rasband, Elder Nelson, the Tabernacle Choir, those who offered prayers, the behind-the-scenes technicians and volunteers...for gentle reminders that Christmas is about Christ. He is the gift from a loving Heavenly Father. What would He have me do? That is up to me to ponder and then to act upon...

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    Dec. 9, 2013 6:46 a.m.

    Christ is so much more than Yuletide, but it all begins in the manger. The baby came to be the Savior of all mankind, should they choose eternal life.

    May our Mormon friends find the Christ of the manger, the Christ of history, the true Messiah Who gave the gift of eternal life through giving His life. All other concoctions are "other Christs" and will not plumb the depths of the eternal soul nor pay the price of sin.

    Don't leave earth without the real Savior:
    "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have eternal life."