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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

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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)