Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 21, 2021
Celebrate Christmas with testimonies of Jesus Christ

A growing trend continues with each passing year to take Christ out of Christmas for fear of offending those who have not yet seen the light the Savior of the world offers mankind. 

Early in His ministry while teaching in the synagogue, it was said of Jesus, “Is not this the carpenter, the Son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him” (Mark 6:3 KJV).

Through the decades, leaders of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have boldly testified of Jesus and Him crucified during the Christmas season. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.” – Neal A. Maxwell

“We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves — giving of the riches of the heart and mind — and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store.” – James E. Faust

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always.” – Thomas S. Monson

“If you think about the words you sing this season, you will find a divine message tailored especially for you that will lift you and comfort you.” – Sharon Eubank

“Let us focus on four gifts Jesus Christ gave to all who are willing to receive them. First, He gave you and me an unlimited capacity to love. A second gift the Savior offers you is the ability to forgive. A third gift from the Savior is that of repentance. A fourth gift from our Savior is actually a promise — a promise of life everlasting.” – Russell M. Nelson

“The shepherds were invited to come and see. They saw. They trembled. They testified. They rejoiced. They saw Him wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, the Prince of Peace. At this Christmas season, I extend to you the gift of determination to come and see.” – Marvin J. Ashton

This is a season of rejoicing. A season of celebration. A wonderful time when we acknowledge that our Almighty God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world. To redeem us… let it be a season of seeking the Lamb of God, the King of Glory, the Everlasting Light of the World, the Great Hope of Mankind, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young

“Christmas comes once a year to reveal to us the beautiful and near approach man can make to the divine, to the ideal, to the Christlike life. There is no race, no color, no rich or poor, no bond or free. Christmas comes to remind us of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.” – Spencer W. Kimball

“A few miles from Bethlehem where Jesus was born is the city of Jerusalem where He died for us. This too is part of the Christmas story. Jesus gave not only His life but His gospel for each of us. His gift of the gospel was freely given to the world.” – Harold B. Lee

May the light of Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of our Eternal Father, continue to shine upon you, your family, and your loved ones during this Christmas season.

Charlie Roberts is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Stansbury Park.

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