December 23rd, 2007

happyday

Joy to the world!

I think that as the years have gone by, people start just "getting into the habit" of Christmas, and just going through the motions. Alright it's December, time to start buying people presents, oh and I have to put the decorations up, and get everything ready for the relatives and the dinner and oh yeah, I forgot the tape, how am I gonna wrap everything now? Today at church, everybody seemed kind of...not cheery. Not that they were gloomy or anything. It's just that Christmas is the celebration of one of the awesomest events in history, and people just seemed to be like, "Ho hum, it's Christmas again."

Not that I'm one to talk, really. I'm really just sad that all the songs in the Christmas program were so somber, when I really like Joy to the World and Angels We Have Heard on High and all the upbeat ones like that. But the meeting got me thinking about what a happy occasion Christmas is, so I thought I'd talk a little about that.

I had a big thing on Easter about how it's completely underrated compared to Christmas, but it's true that without Christmas (or rather, the events we celebrate at Christmas, which according to our beliefs actually took place around when Easter is celebrated) there could be no Easter. It's kind of like the first chapter in book one of Harry Potter, how all the witches and wizards are celebrating the boy who lived, but since it's only the first chapter of the whole series, we know there's going to be an even greater event at the end (which I hesitate to mention, because I still haven't finished book seven, but it's really my best analogy here).

Anyway, according to the third article of faith of the LDS Church, "we believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel." That means that Christ came into the world to save all mankind. That's like huge.

And so, I was trying to figure out exactly how to express what I wanted to say, and I was looking things up to get things right, and I came across this talk by the president of our church, Gordon B. Hinckley, which sums it up much better than I could. Of course I'd like if you'd read the whole talk, but there's one particular story he told in it that pretty much describes what the atonement means.

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Today I'm thankful for the Christmas season and especially the reason behind it, Christmas hymns, prophets who know how to say what I want to say better than I do, giant kitties on my lap, and handy websites.