All Things Witness

Thoughts on the mission and power of Jesus Christ

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Christmas Hope

Wise Men Follow the Star

Today is the 5th day of Christmas.  In our culture and in our day the Christmas celebrations are largely finished by the end of Boxing Day, but that is not the case in many parts of the world.  In parts of Central America, for example, rather than Father Christmas bringing presents on Christmas Eve, it is the Three Wise Men Continue reading

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Christmas Bells

Amongst those of us like me who aren’t very well educated in literature Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is perhaps best known for his short poem; Christmas Bells

There was a little girl,
            Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
            When she was good,
            She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
But he also wrote the Christmas carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Continue reading


Developing Charity

The talks in our Church meetings today were on the subject of charity.  They were all excellent, and gave me the opportunity to again consider this important quality I need to better develop.  A couple of months ago I was asked to speak on this topic at Church too, and have posted that talk below.

CharityIt is interesting I think to note that “the Pure Love of Christ” could refer to the love which Christ shows for me (its ultimate expression being through the Atonement), the love which Christ shows to all people (which I need to attempt to emulate), and the love which Christ enables me to show to others (again through His atonement). Continue reading

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Grasping the Meaning of Christmas

As we get closer to Christmas I thought I would look for some quotes that help to remind me of the real meaning of Christmas.  This one is from Hugh W Pinnock.

James, the Lord’s half-brother (see Galatians 1:19), thoughtfully wrote, “Every good gift and every perfect gift [the Atonement] is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). This being true then, we must help others to grasp the true meaning of the Atonement and Christmas, which is Christ.


Think of the influence you…can have on parents, siblings, friends, and relatives by helping them to think about Jesus even more this year than perhaps they have on earlier occasions. You will never forget this Christmas if you do.


(Hugh W Pinnock, BYU Speeches, 9 December 1997)

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Heart, Might, Mind and Strength (4 of 5)

This post considers how deficient we all are in our intellectual efforts, and how we need to rely on Christ to make us whole in this part of our being, as in all parts of our being.  It is the 4th post in the series, with the first overview found here, the second part on how the Saviour heals our Hearts here, and the third on how He heals our Might (or emotionalise) here.

Thinking Man - Bombeeney“I think therefore I am”.  So said Descarte.  Of course, we all think differently.  My logic is different from someone else’s logic; my rational thought processes come to different conclusions from someone else’s rational thought processes.  In truth we are all different – and deficient – intellectually. Continue reading

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With His Arm Around our Shoulders

“Our Savior wants us to really love Him to the point that we want to align our will with His. We can then feel His love and know His glory. Then He can bless us as He wants to….

“I believe that if we could have the privilege of walking physically with the Savior, that we would feel His arm draped over our shoulder…. Like the disciples heading toward Emmaus, our hearts would “burn within us” (Luke 24:32). This is His message: “Come and see” (John 1:39). It is personal, inviting, and embracing in its invitation to walk with His arm around our shoulders.”

Elder Terence M Vinson