• Nourish the Children this Christmas

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    As I have been wrapping Christmas presents for my children the past few days, I can’t help but feel a little ache in my heart.
    Here in America, we have an abundance of blessings.
    For the most part, we have access to clean water, a hot meal, and a warm place to live. The majority of our children have more toys than they could ever possibly play with. Could our children even imagine what it’s like for little boys and girls just like them in other parts of the world?
     I was there, fighting the crowds on Black Friday to get my kids great toys for cheap prices. People were going crazy fighting overbasketball standards {I actually got one dropped on my head!}, HDTV’s, and Wii games! If only we could put as much passion and drive into caring for our neighbor and lifting the feeble hands that hang down as we do about getting the best deal on the newest must have toy. While my little girl cries because she can’t have a $150.00 American Girl doll {I’m a mean mother, I know.}, in another part of the world, a little girl cries because her belly is empty and her tiny body is cold.
    What a contrast.
    This year, as we run about our holiday merriment, may we take a moment to sit as a family and ponder our blessings. Let’s talk to our children about the incredible gifts that we have. Let’s write down all the things we are thankful for.
    Let us remember the real reason for the season.
    The Nativity
    After all, it is for this little babe that we celebrate Christmas.
    In HIS honor, let’s serve.
    Bring Christmas dinner to someone in need, go caroling to the sweet lonely widow down the street, wrap up shoes for the little boy in class who only has one torn up pair, donate your time at a food bank, collect dresses for a women’s shelter, bring school supplies to a teacher you know, participate in a Sub-for-Santa program.
    The possibilities are endless!
    Let’s dig a little deeper into our hearts and our pockets and give a little extra this Christmas.
    The Christus as Seen in the Salt Lake Temple Visitor Center
    In the end, it doesn’t matter how you serve, all that matters is that you did.
    Then, on Christmas morning, maybe our little ones will be a thinking a little more about what they do have rather than what they don’t.
    “My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”
    Merry Christmas from my Heart to Yours



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