We did have a wonderful testimony meeting today. One of the things that really stood out was Sister Lindstrom's testimony. That girl is wise beyond her years. She's always so thoughtful and insightful. Among other things that she said was a quote from Elder Jeffery R, Holland. "You can't separate Bethlehem from Gethsemane, or the hasty flight into Egypt from the slow journey to the summit of Calvary. It is of one piece. It is a single plan. It considers the fall and rising again of many in Israel, but always in that order. Christmas is joyful not because it is a season or decade or lifetime without pain or privation, but precisely because life does hold those moments for us."
I found a portion of Elder Holland's words, but I think it's actually from his book, Shepherds, Why This Jubilee? Elder Holland continued: "And that baby, my Son, my own Beloved and Only Begotten Son in the flesh, born 'away in a manger, [with] no crib for his bed,' makes all the difference in the world, all the difference in time and eternity, all the difference everywhere, worlds without number, a lot farther than your eye can see.
[There] are sad experiences, terribly wrenching experiences, with difficult moments for years and years to come. But because of the birth in Bethlehem and what it led to, they are not tragic experiences. They have a happy ending. There is a rising after the falling. There is life always."
|President Hebert, our Branch President|