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December 2012 Home Teaching Message: Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit

December First Presidency Message for home teaching:
"Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit,” by President Thomas S. Monson

Years ago as a young elder, I was called with others to a hospital in Salt Lake City to provide blessings for sick children. Upon entering, we noted a Christmas tree with its bright and friendly lights and saw carefully wrapped packages beneath its outstretched limbs. We then went through corridors where small boys and girls—some with plaster casts upon an arm or leg, others with ailments that perhaps could not be cured so readily—greeted us with smiling faces.

A young, desperately ill small boy called out to me, “What is your name?”

I told him my name, and he inquired, “Will you give me a blessing?”

The blessing was provided, and as we turned to leave his bedside, he said, “Thank you very much.”

We walked a few steps, and then I heard him call, “Oh, Brother Monson, merry Christmas to you.” Then a great smile flashed across his countenance.

That boy had the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is something I hope all of us would have in our hearts and lives—not only at this particular season but also throughout the year.


Supplemental ideas: 
For youth and children, ask them about some of the most memorable gifts they've ever received. Talk about how gifts need not be material, but can also be actions or words said. Talk about some ideas for gifts they might give this Christmas. Talk about what gifts we might give to Christ this Christmas.

Consider sharing the following video about gifts of Christmas and how we can help others feel the meaning behind Christmas: God's love, as manifest through the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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