What shall we give to the babe in the manger,
What shall we offer the child in the stall?
Incense and spices and gold we’ve a-plenty-
Are these the gifts for the king of us all?
These first verses of the traditional Catalonian carol What Shall We Give To The Babe In The Manger? ask us to consider more than what store we might visit to pick up a gift for The Christ Child. They ask: What type of true gift will we give this time of year?
Those of us that celebrate Christmas have been accused of focusing more on the material than the spiritual. Images of people trampling others at Black Friday sales come to mind. Fortunately, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we understand that this is a season of giving true gifts rather than material gifts, of focusing on others rather than on ourselves, and of acting as Christ would act as he gave His gifts.
The First Presidency’s 2017 Christmas message prayed that “as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, our hope is that the light and testimony of the Savior’s divine mission as the Redeemer of all mankind will come into our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.”
So, how can we better focus on the Savior’s divine mission as we celebrate Christmas this year? In this issue, we have worked to provide ideas for family activities, gifts to give, events to attend, and the spirit to feel, wrapped around this very idea.
We live in a world that needs the Light of Christ. Christmas is the best time of year for each of us to enjoy and radiate that light. We are thankful for our testimonies of The Savior which gives us the ability to do so.
And, we at The Arizona Beehive are thankful for you our readers and advertisers. Without you, we would cease to exist. We wish you a magical and joyful Christmas season and a Happy New Year. We look forward to being with you in 2019 and anticipate much excitement surrounding our church lifestyle!