Sunday, December 10, 2017

Truly He taught us to love one another...

For the Christmas Program on Sunday the 20th, we sang a song I have long loved; O Holy Night.

This year I was in charge of the program, and the choir sang this piece. The sound was full and beautiful. There was a piano, an organ and a violin. On the last verse, I turned and the congregation joined in. I was in the perfect spot; the best spot in the chapel. I had the sound from the choir behind me, and the sound from the congregation coming at me. Chills ran up my spine and goosebumps sprinkled my skin and I heard the words;

Truly, He taught us to love one another.
His law is love, and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother,
And in His name, all oppression shall cease.

Relief Society lesson; revolved around this. How do we help others feel the Savior's love? Tara talked about learning to love ourselves first. I felt inspired to share some of what had been happening with Maryn; the depression and illness, the suicidal ideation, fighting out of that pit with her. And how she was now blessing others lives.
I will love you until you can feel him love you... because I know He loves you.
We become a reflection of His love. It flows through us to others.

Kindness is never wasted.

Standing in line at Target Christmas Eve morning. Woman behind me with a sweater, and I had a coupon. I asked the cashier to ring up her purchase with mine, and I would pay for it. She looked at me and said "I don't even know what to say."
I smiled and said "Merry Christmas."
Tears filled her eyes, and by the time she walked away, she was full on crying.

Blessing others whenever you can. Allow others to bless you.

Bonus. Raise. $500 gift on Christmas Eve, There was enough to have a generous Christmas, replace the windshield, enjoy some time together, catch up on bills and get a little ahead...

Pleasant Grove 8th Ward - Christmas Eve Program Information

Christmas Eve Program –
Large Vocal Ensemble
Gesu Bambino"
(link HERE
“O Holy Night” 
(link HERE)
ANYONE who would like to sing. If you have guests coming from out of town who would like to participate they certainly can.
Sign up HERE (so I have a way to communicate)

Theme: The “Word” Made Flesh
Performance December 24th, 1 pm

December 23rd 9 am (about an hour)

Image result for nativity

Luke 2: 11-14 –
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.