Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Reason For the Season

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"Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world....And behold, I am the light and the life of the world..." (3 Nephi 11:10-11) 

There have been a lot of great men who have lived on this earth. Many whom I admire and respect.

But there is one man I admire and respect above all. That is our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason we have Christmas.

Because I call myself a Christian - a follower and disciple of Christ (at least that's what I aspire to be)- I feel a sense of responsibility to share what I have come to know with others.

I know our Savior is perfect. Everything about Him and the way He lived his life here on earth was perfect. He loves us with a perfect love. I don't even comprehend how much he loves us all, but I know it's a lot.

Because He loves us all so much, He is forgiving and understanding. He knows we will make mistakes. He knows we are not perfect - yet. But, he's ok with that. He sees our potential.

He suffered and died for each one of us - each person who has ever lived on this earth or who ever will live on this earth. Not only did he suffer for our sins, but he suffered temptations, sickness, afflictions - everything.

Alma Chapter 7 verses 11 & 12 says, "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."

I know that is true. And I know it from personal experience. He has succored me. He has shown mercy and compassion on me. I am humbled when I think of what He has done and continues to do for me. I think the words of the hymn describe so well how I feel, "oh it is wonderful that he would care for me enough to die for me. Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me." (I Stand All Amazed)

In short, I know He was born, He lived, He died on the cross and was resurrected. I know He will come again. I know we can go to Him and He will help us carry our burdens.

He is our Savior, redeemer, the Prince of peace. He is why we celebrate Christmas. May we all have more of Him in our life (I've always found it so interesting that "mas" in Spanish means "more.").

Merry Christmas. Love, Carrie

Sunday, December 22, 2013


This is one of my favorite scriptures. It is found in the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:9.

I just love it. It reminds me that I need to accept the fact that I don't know everything. But God does. I need to believe.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I Believe in Christ

Today in Sacrament Meeting at church we sang, "I Believe in Christ." It's always been one if my favorites. So powerful. Today the fourth verse really stuck out to me:

"I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I'll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: "Ye shall obtain."
I believe in Christ; so come what may..."

Those words just really hit me in a way they hadn't before. We all have hopes and dreams and sometimes those dreams take a while to come true and we have to go through grief and pain. But, Christ is there to remind us that we "shall obtain." (Eventually.) In the meantime he can help carry our burdens.

I also love the line, "I believe in Christ, so come what may." There's nothing we can't overcome with the Savior.

Great hymn.