It's a most wonderful time of the year; hearts soften, eyes brighten, and joy abounds. Family and friends gather as best they can.
When one wishes another a "Merry Christmas," he is wishing that person well. He is hoping the best for that person - that joy and peace will go with him in the coming year.
And so it is with me. May you know peace and joy this Christmas, and all throughout the coming year.
Merry Christmas, every one.
For anyone who has even a passing interest in the doings and affairs of the LDS Church, today is an important day. Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith.
To commemorate this day, and as a way of remembering and honoring Jospeh Smith, leaders of the LDS Church will be participating in a number of activities throughout the day, capping it off with a special broadcast this evening. Details of where and how to view it are available by following that link.
James Robbins, "Christmas 1864."
Joseph Skelly, "From the Delaware to the Tigris."
Doug Gamble, "The Christmas Songs."
NORAD's "Track Santa" website.
Thought of the Week
Book of Luke, Chapter 2:Crossposted to The Wasatch Front.
1 AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.