Silent Christmas Lesson (young women, Relief Society, Sunday School, Seminary)

This is the Christmas season. Christmas is a wonderful time of year because
everyone likes to give presents to each other. But some people think that Christmas has become
too commercial. Some think that we have forgotten how to keep
Christ in Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be that way! But it doesn’t have to be that way!! Hail! Thou that art highly favored, the Lord is
with thee. Blessed art thou among women. Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor
with God. And behold! Thou shalt conceive, and bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the
Son of the highest! And of His kingdom, there shall be no end. How shall this be? Seeing that I know not a man? The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the
power of the highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore, also that Holy child which shall
be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word. My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior! For he hath regarded the low estate of His
handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth, all generations shall call
me blessed! For He that is mighty hath done to me great
things, and Holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him, from
generation to generation. He hath shown strength with His arm. He hath scattered the proud in the imagination
of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath hope in His servant Israel in remembrance
of His mercy. As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and
to his seed forever. Joseph, thou son of David. Fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife. For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call His name Jesus. For He shall save His people from their sins. Fear not! For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city
of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall
find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Thank you. This year for Christmas I’m going to say I’m sorry more. This year for Christmas I’m going to play
with my kids more. I’m going to be nicer to my friends, and everyone
else too. I’m going to share my lunch if someone is
hungry. I’m going to visit people if they get sick
in the hospital. I’m going to stop yelling at people when I’m
driving. If someone is sad I’ll go be sad with them. If someone is fighting, I’ll try to help them
stop and be nice. I’m going to stop sighing and rolling my eyes. This year I’m going to be nice to the shy
guy at work. I’m going to help the old lady next door with
her garden. I’m going to say nice things to people I don’t
know. I’m going to make cookies and give them away. I’m going to ask more people to play soccer. I’m going to ask people how they are doing
and then listen. I’m going to smile at people more. We put Christ in Christmas when we give the
gifts He wants us to give. The gift of ourselves. The story of Christmas is a story of love. It was light and angels that gave guidance
to those blessed to be a part of those transcendent events Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger. One of the most beautiful symbols of the birth
of Jesus Christ into this world is light. The appearance of the long promised Messiah
brought light to a darkened world. Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you
a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Emanuel. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus
to the temple Simeon knew through the power of the Holy Ghost that this was indeed the
Christ, the Son of the Most High. Let this be a time of remembrance, of gratitude,
and a time of forgiveness. Let it be a time to ponder the atonement of
Jesus Christ and its meaning for each of us personally. We, like the wise men of old, should seek
the Christ, and lay before Him the most precious of gifts; a broken heart and a contrite spirit. How silently, how silently the wondrous gift
is given. So God imparts to human hearts the blessings
of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming, but in the world
of sin where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. The savior gave freely to all and his gifts
were of value beyond measure. Throughout His ministry He blessed the sick,
restored sight to the blind, made the deaf to hear, and the halt and the lame to walk. He gave cleanliness to the unclean. He restored breath to the lifeless. He gave hope to the despairing, and bestowed
light in the darkness. Because He came, we know how to reach out
to those in trouble or distress wherever they may be. Because He came and paid for our sins we have
the opportunity to gain eternal life. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love
and of generosity and of goodness. May His precious spirit be with us, and may
He ever be the center of our celebrations. With the pure love of Christ let us walk in
His footsteps as we approach the season celebrating His birth. As we do so, let us remember that He still
lives and continues to be the light of the world. They heard His voice, they saw His face. The promised Savior come to earth in days
long passed. They saw Him heal the sick, and cause the
lame to stand. They watched as wind and waves were stilled
at His command, and though I did not see Him calm the raging seas, His hand has calmed
my troubled heart and I believe. They heard His voice, they saw His face. They heard His teachings of forgiveness, love,
and faith. He blessed their little ones. He taught them how to pray. He fed the multitudes who hungered by the
way, and though I did not taste the bread He bade them eat, His word is manna to my soul and I believe. They saw him scourged and mocked to scorn. They heard the angry crowd, they saw Him crowned
with thorns. They watched Him bend beneath our burden in the streets. They saw the bitter nails that pierced His hands and feet. And though I was not there to watch with them at Calvary, my spirit weeps, I have not seen, yet I believe. They heard His voice, they saw His face. The risen Jesus crowned with victory o’er
the grave. And though I did not see His triumph over
death, though I did not see Him draw immortal breath, I know He lived and died and lives
again for me. My faith is sure, I have not seen yet I believe.

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