Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Maybe Christmas Doesn't Come From a Store"

Last week in Relief Society (a group of women, in our Church, in the area) Ashley Jensen talked about this talk by Elder Holland entitled "Maybe Christmas Doesn't Come from a Store."

Interestingly enough, I wasn't there but I have heard a lot of good things about her lesson (with a wonderful recap from my visiting teacher, Martha) and decided I had better read the talk myself. It was actually before Elder Holland was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.
For some reason it really struck a chord and seemed to speak to my soul. Maybe you'd like to read it.What was your favorite part?
I really liked how he related the pressures that Joseph and Mary must have felt(especially knowing that the babe was Jesus, the Savior of the World), yet they had the courage and determination to press forward and do what the Lord had asked. I think of how it was when I had my kids and I feel like I did the best I possibly could to ensure they would be born in ideal circumstances.
The pictures are really old child-wise (if you couldn't tell). The first one is the kids holding a pile of animals they would have loved to have taken home. The second is for the "why" effect, but also for the toys and books in the background (as in--Christmas is not all about stuff). The last one pleads for the writer/reader of this post to think about Elder Holland's talk, sleep on it and then arise and act.


Kelly said...

how adorable are those pictures!!!!!

Joe and Kristin Family said...

Cute nativity with the "kidlets." That's a lot of work. Way to go. They'll remember.

Joe & Kristin

the jensen's said...

Wow, that is so nice of people to say about the lesson! Glad you enjoyed the talk!