Celebrate light in the darkness of December by remembering Christ and checking out the beautiful lights display put on this year at Temple Square.
The Salt Lake Temple sits among dozens of carefully lighted white and red trees, including the Cedar of Lebanon (the red tree shown in this image).
While December is the darkest month of the year, the season is celebrated with light, a reminder of the light and hope Christ brought with him when he came into the world. For 48 years, the lights at Temple Square have reminded us of this reason for the season. But whether or not lights are a part of your holiday traditions, you can celebrate Christ's light with these gorgeous photos taken at this year's Temple Square lights display.
When President Monson visited his beloved Primary president one Christmas, a small miracle showed how tender the mercies of the Lord are to those who will be His hands in this season of service.
President Thomas S. Monson laughs with Florence Jacobsen at a luncheon. (August Miller, Deseret News)
In my childhood, everything wasn’t bliss in our ward Primary, for boys will be boys. The laughter of the boys and the chatter of the girls at times must have been most disconcerting to our Primary leaders.
One day as we left the chapel for our classrooms, I noted that our Primary president remained behind. I paused and observed her. She sat all alone on the front row of the benches, took out her handkerchief, and began to weep. I walked up to her and said, “Sister Georgell, don’t cry.”
She said, “I’m sad.”
I responded, “What’s the matter?”
She said, “I can’t control the Trail Builders. Will you help me?”
Of course I answered, “Yes.”
She said, “Oh, that would be wonderful, Tommy, if you would.”
What I didn’t know then is that I was the source of her tears. She had effectively enlisted me to aid in achieving reverence in our Primary, and it was achieved.
MR says: We love this beautiful video that teaches us that how we celebrate should reflect what we celebrate Christmas for.
Christmas is a time of good food, better company, proud traditions, and fond memories. These stories, from the outrageous to the uplifting, are sure to help you celebrate and commemorate the spirit of the season.
Illustration ©Jonathan Bartlett
Something about Christmas, between the garland and holly, the cinnamon and turkey, makes it more magical and memorable than any other time of the year. With family and friends fathered around, we share recollections of the past and create new stories to recount for years to come. We asked some of our favorite authors for their most memorable Christmas stories, and they shared with us these amazing (and true!) seasonal anecdotes.
One school teacher’s salary. Nine children ages 2 to 20. Four sets of braces to date. Shoes, jeans, Sunday clothes, winter coats, an ongoing remodeling project, and all the other relentless expenses of childrearing.
We loved Sheri Dew's latest book, Women and the Priesthood, so much, we asked 7 of our writer friends to check it out--and share their honest opinions about the topics in this phenomenal read.
This winter, one of our favorite reads comes to us from noted LDS figure Sheri Dew: Women and the Priesthood. Her book was so good, we simply had to share it with some of our friends. (You might know them, too: Emily Freeman, Fiona Givens, Brad Wilcox, and lots of our favorite LDS writers.) We asked each one to check out a chapter of this amazing book and write us back with their thoughts. And so straight from their pens to your eyes, we bring you their reflective and sincere responses: