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Christmas Devotional Change
Since the 1970s, church members have looked forward to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. This annual, hour-long tradition originally started as a way to honor church employees, but over the years, Latter-day Saints have come to anticipate inspiring messages about Christ and Christmas given by the three members of the First Presidency.
Photo from Deseret News.
Tell-tale signs of changes to the format appeared this year, starting with the name change from “The First Presidency Christmas Devotional” to “Christmas Devotional.” Church spokesman Cody Craynor explained in more detail that “While we anticipate that a member of the First Presidency will participate in the program, it has been decided to give other church leaders the opportunity to speak at the annual Christmas devotional.” The event will still be broadcast live nationally on December 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time on BYUtv as well as online at mormonchannel.org and in 16 languages at broadcast.lds.org.
Nothing helps us feel uplifted and inspired like the words of holy prophets and apostles. To spread the inspiration we feel, here are our some of our very favorite pinable quotes, from each of the 15 brethren.
President Thomas S. Monson
President Henry B. Eyring
President Deiter F. Uchtdorf
When I realized my Christmas didn’t have much “Christ” in it, I started praying for a way to focus my family more on the Savior. The answer I received has blessed my family, and hopefully it will bless yours, too.
It was Christmas night, and I was sitting quietly in the living room all by myself. I was tired—OK, I was exhausted. Christmas was done. Giant check mark on that one.
I sat in the soft glow of the Christmas tree and enjoyed its beauty. We had a good tree that year. I enjoyed all the ornaments and the “thousand points of light” we joked about every year as my husband wound ten strands of lights around the tree.
Upstairs the kids were playing with Dad. We had gotten the boys some cool remote control cars, and they were enjoying them noisily. I was so glad the gifts had worked out this year.
Get a beautiful tree without worrying about beautiful ornaments breaking. These colorful, cute, and inexpensive ornaments will last through any stage of childhood.
Last year my toddler’s chubby hands reached out to hang his first ornament ever. I stood on the sidelines with a camera, ready to shoot what was sure to be a memorable picture of him and his dad at the Christmas tree.
Then the ornament fell to the ground and shattered.
It wasn’t the only Christmas casualty of toddlerhood that Christmas. Each time I heard that shattering sound, I ran to get the vacuum and obsessively searched for shards.
The ornaments were cheap, so I didn’t care about them, but I did care about my beautiful baby boy. I realized I needed something soft and unbreakable if I hoped for any peace at Christmas. I remembered the colorful felt ornaments that adorned my tree growing up (made by my mom, I soon found out, after she watched her baby boy grab a glass ball off her tree with his chubby hands, look at it, then take a big bite out of it). My mom had gotten the pattern out of some magazine back in the 70s—she can’t remember which (please share in the comments if you know)—and the ornaments have lasted through the years. She still has them and uses them.