Tonight I went Christmas Caroling with some friends.  We just decided it would be a fun thing to do, so we grabbed some hymnals went around town singing.

We stopped at one man’s house and decided to sing Silent Night.  We had almost decided to pass him by, but someone in our group said he felt that we should go.  So we did.  We knocked and sang the song for him.  He came out and stood with us and during the second verse he began to cry.

When we had finished, he thanked us, and through tears and slight sobs he told us that his wife had passed away just two weeks earlier after a three year battle with cancer.  He said that we were like angels sent to help him through the holiday season.

I am so grateful that we had that member of our group listen to a prompting.  We would have missed out on that chance to lighten someone’s burden had he not listened to the Spirit.  It was a touching experience, and we all agreed that we were grateful to be a part of it.

That is the Christmas spirit. Lifting spirits, softening hearts, and bringing joy and peace to those around us.  Our savior Jesus Christ spent his life doing such things for us. I feel the best way to pay homage to him in this Christmas season is to live as he would live and do what he would do.

I know that Jesus Christ lives.  He is the literal son of a true and living God. He was born of the virgin Mary and came to the earth to atone for the sins of all mankind. He was crucified and rose again on the third day. Through his sacrifice I have the chance to repent and be born anew and eventually return to live with my loving Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can be redeemed.  He is the Lord of Creation and the Master of Nations.  May the Heavenly Hosts continually sing His praises, and may we listen and truly hear those songs of glory during the holidays.

“With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment, a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coinsof Caesar. This child was to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the promised Messiah–even Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  – Thomas S. Monson

Merry Christmas.