By Jon Cannon, Stake President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
In the New Testament we find the account of two sisters and a brother who clearly have a close association with the Savior. The members of this family love the Savior. We know that they believe in Him and have full-faith and trust in Him. And, we know that the Savior loves them deeply and cares for them. I’m speaking of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.
These family members have the privilege of welcoming the Savior into their home. He dines with them and they learn at his feet. He teaches them important lessons related to priorities (Luke 10:38-40). They turn to Him with absolute faith as they experience sickness and death within their family. As they turn to Him, they are the recipients of His love and witness one of His greatest miracles (John 11:1-44).
Christmas can be a season of joy and glad tidings. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus sought to be close to the Savior and learned first-hand why we have reason to rejoice and to praise God for the gift of His son. Jesus likewise invites each of us to “come unto [Him]” (Matthew 11:28-30).
I believe that doing our portion of Jesus’ work will draw us closer to Him. Our lives will be more joyful as we follow the path that He illuminated of “[going] about [and] doing good.” I invite all of us to Light the World this Christmas season by seeking ways to honor Jesus Christ each day and performing acts of service.
Opportunities for service abound. We can visit those who feel alone, donate blood to save the life of another, provide time or money to a worthy cause, and even forgive someone who has wronged us. May we all find ways to draw closer to the Savior.
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