‘Tis the season, indeed. The “season” of what, you may ask? For many this is the season of stress. Shopping for gifts, planning family and work gatherings, keeping kids entertained while they enjoy a long winter break. Is there enough money for gifts? Did we save enough or will we use credit to fund Christmas this year? “Why am I not feeling the Christmas spirit?”
For others it is the season of receiving. What am I going to get for Christmas? Will I receive a Christmas bonus from work? Will the Christmas program and ward dinner fill me spiritually? (And physically!?)
For all, it is intended to be a season of wonder. The youngster on this issue’s cover exudes the joy that comes from all that is marvelous about the season. Looking up, he takes in all that is holy and bright and beautiful about this time of year. All of which centers on He who is called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!” Even, Jesus Christ.
And just as the Savior gave of Himself for us, this season of giving generates the wonder and peace, the “Christmas spirit” we seek. Giving is the anti-stress and worry elixir.
I had the opportunity to attend the recent Gilbert Arizona Welfare and Self-Reliance Facility dedication. Presiding Bishop Gerald Caussé dedicated the facility to God, and to those that it will serve. This building and those that work there are called to serve by giving.
While speaking at the event, Bishop Caussé pointed to words Joseph Smith spoke as he organized the Relief Society. Joseph exclaimed that this new organization, with ample resources at hand “will fly to the relief of the stranger; they will pour in oil and wine to the wounded heart of the distressed; they will dry up the tears of the orphan and make the widow’s heart to rejoice.” Then Joseph promised that if the women of this new institution lived up to their privileges, “the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.” The same is promised to us as we fly to those in need, in this season of giving.
May you enjoy this season of giving…