Today was a fantastic Southeastern Area Conference broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. What made it especially great for me was 1) even though we were not in our Montgomery Alabama Stake Center and were here in the Cocoa Florida Stake Center, we got to see the very same broadcast live!, and 2) I got to enjoy it with my sister and her son, one of my nephews, who came to visit for the day.
It was truly heartwarming to see my many wonderful friends and their families at that same conference. It is always such a joy to see so many, firm in the faith, dedicated to serving the Lord in His Church.
After the worship service my extended family came home where we enjoyed a family meal together, like so many conferences over the last ten years. During our lunch we rehearsed the things we learned and felt, taking to heart the spirit we felt during the mighty and powerful sermons.
The call to action was plain and simple, yet cutting like a two edged sword. The chaining of scriptures, the pattern of teaching and learning was clearly articulated and demonstrated and testified to so there was no misunderstanding about that which we must do to know Jesus Christ, to apply His Atoning Sacrifice in our lives, and to remain faithful and true to His Gospel as wickedness abounds, or will increase.
The messages of faith and hope in Jesus Christ were uplifting and edifying. There was much to rejoice in and about.
God Lives. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us all.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in our Church service. The piece I chose wasGesù Bambino by Pietro Yonwith the Frederick H. Martens translation, although I sang the first chorus in the orignal Italian. It is such a simple, beautiful hymn paying tribute to the sweet, humble birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Just like the brightly shining star guided the Wise Men to where the Christ Child lay, we use the#LightTheWorld suggestionsto act as our compass, guiding us with ideas for simple acts of Christlike love and service to others. Our actions, whether seen or unseen, become part of the #25Days25Ways “grateful chorus swell” that “acclaim His name.”
For truly as we adore others in Christlike service, we are showing that we truly “adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
It was a great way to celebrate Christmas last year
and so we plan to do it again this year!
If you have not yet seen Kevin and Sam Sorbo’s movie,Let There Be Light, please make it part of your holiday celebration for Thanksgiving as a kickstarter to get you into the Christmas Spirit of serving others.
Tonight we had the time to go to a movie so we planned to seeLet There Be Light. It was written by Sam Sorbo, Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo’s wife. Their real life sons were in the movie as their family portrayed the family in the movie. It was absolutely the most charming, positive film and the fact that it was such a family invested venture made it all the more touching.
Seriously, take your family to it.It is worth supporting and watching no matter the denomination of church to which you belong. It is about hope and faith in Christ. It is about joy.