Snowflakes Bear Testimony of Christ

Display done by my friend Megan at her home

I just love snowflakes! They are the one of the many things that brighten up winter after the excitement of Christmas. If you don’t get real ones outside, you can always make paper ones!

If I had lived near Wilson, aka “Snowflake” Bentley, we would have been friends. I just know it. I remember one time I was outside about to get in the car, years ago. I was trying to get out the door to some appointment related to homeschooling, and I was frustrated with one of my children. It was snowing and he interrupted my admonition to him by pointing out the beauty of a snowflake that had just landed on his mitten. That was enough to reach my inner Snowflake Bentley and soften my heart in the moment. I stopped feeling quite so grumpy and stopped to admire the beauty of the snowflake. For a moment, I could see its tiny, exquisite form as a perfect 6-pointed snowflake before it melted away.

If you don’t know who Snowflake Bentley is, watch this video below.

According to Familysearch.org, Mr. Bentley is my fourth cousin third times removed. Awesome! It’s doubly awesome that he was homeschooled. I just think it’s so cool that his mother was his mentor. It was his mother who recognized his genius for appreciating snowflakes and sacrificed the money to buy him the expensive camera that would take photos of snowflakes. For years, it’s been one of my personal traditions, in January, to read aloud the book Snowflake Bentley to at least one of my children, and then cut out paper snowflakes to decorate our windows. It’s been so fun for me, after moving back to Utah two years ago, to discover other people have this same tradition.

My daughter and I went to a move night to watch Pride and Prejudice with some of her scholar friends. The hostess, the mentor for her class at our homeschooling co-op (commonwealth school) had this lovely display dedicated to Wilson Bentley, aka Snowflake Bentley. See photo at the top. Isn’t it just one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen? I love it! She also had her dining room table decorated with snowflakes. They were on top of the table with a plastic see-through tablecloth over them. She said she bought them at amazon. She also had them all over her windows. As she said, it makes putting away the Christmas decorations fun because we know we can replace them all with our snowflake decorations for January. I’ve had the same thoughts for years!

I’ve thought a lot about how snow testifies of Jesus Christ. Snow has order, as Jesus does. It comes in a few different forms, such as plates, rods, and dendrites. Yet there is infinite variety within these forms to show the infinitely creative power of our Creator Jesus Christ. Snow, also, like fire, can give life, and destroy. It is a force to be admired and respected, just as fire is and just as our Creator is.

I have photos of me as a kid out in the snow, enjoying it. Then I got old and boring and didn’t like it because it’s cold. I moved to AZ to get out of it. Now I am back in Utah and am learning to love it. I’ve learned to just bundle and cover up and get out there and love it. Usually on Christmas Eve my kids always go sledding. In the past I’ve sent them on their own and stayed home to fix food. This past Christmas Eve I went out with them, covered head to toe with winter gear. I actually went sledding. It was fun!

Here are some fun videos I found of one of my favorite families, the Duggars, the Forsyths, and the Seewalds enjoying the snow. Happy snow days everyone!

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Endless Christmas

Image Credit: Jared Halverson’s YouTube Channel, called Unshaken

I’ve loved learning more about Jesus these past two weeks of January as the Come, Follow Christ study has changed its focus to the New Testament with the new year of 2023. Yay! We get to study the Four Gospels as a whole church and then the rest of the New Testament.

Here are my favorite videos from last week, when we studied Matthew 2 and Luke 2. It was Christmas all over again, this time in January, as we studied the Nativity Story. I loved it!

In the above and below videos, Hank Smith and John Bytheway studied Matthew 2 and Luke 2 with Dr. Bradley Wilcox. Brad’s a perfect guest to talk about the Christmas story since he loves Jesus so much and his birthday is on Christmas Day. (You can listen to one of my favorite talks about the grace of Jesus, done by Brad, over here.)

In the Part 2 video below, John talks about the three levels of Christmas, at the 23:26 mark:

Level 1: celebrating Santa Claus, reindeer, etc.

Level 2: celebrating Jesus Christ as a baby, who doesn’t demand anything of us, because he is peacefully sleeping during His “Silent Night.”

Level 3: celebrating and worshiping Jesus Christ in all His glory as a full-grown man who grew up after being a baby in the manger. He is the Christ the Lord who is not always silent; He does ask things of us. We are to fall down on our knees to worship Him. He is an adult now who requires things of us if we are to be His disciples and to live with Him again.

Also, in Part 2, at the 31:46 mark, Brad talks about Luke 2:52. I love what Brad says about this. This is the verse that says how Jesus grew. It says that He grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man. Those are the four ways we can each grow: intellectually (wisdom), physically (stature), spiritually (favor with God), and socially (favor with man). This is the basis for the Children and Youth program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brad takes a few minutes to talk about how wonderful it is that the program helps children and youth to learn to turn to God in prayer to learn what goals to set in order to grow in each area. (This program came out in 2019 to replace the old program I grew up with that had a pre-determined list of goals for every Young Woman. The boys had the Scout program.)

He also points out this wonderfully super important point. He connects Luke 2:49 to Luke 2:52. In Luke 2:49. Jesus asks His parents if they would like Him to be about his father’s business, meaning Heavenly Father’s business. This was after they found him in the temple, talking to the doctors (teachers). (Interesting side note: Joseph Smith’s Translation shows that the doctors were asking Him questions.) So Brad explains that that is the context for us and our children and youth to set their goals. It’s important that we each set goals after praying to God the Father to know what goals He wants us to do to be about His business. That way the goal program is God-centered not self-centered.

Then I also loved this commentary by Jared Halvorsen, in the two videos below, of the Unshaken YouTube Channel.

Last, but certainly not least, here are two new videos by Rhonda and Farrell Pickering, about the Nativity and the dating of Christ’s birth. The way they put pieces of the puzzle together to show historical evidence of Christ’s birth is amazing!

Image Credit: Rhonda and Farrell Pickering’s YouTube Video here, called “The Eyewitnesses of Christ: Dating the Ministry of Christ- the Case for the Word of God”

The first video is so, so sweet. They talk about how important it is to be broken in order to receive Christ. Then the second video by the Pickerings below is about the dating of the birth of Christ. I can watch all these videos over and over and truly have an Endless Christmas, like John talks about in his videos at the top. I am full of awe and gratitude for our Beloved Savior Jesus Christ, for these truths and for the people who create this content. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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What Makes Jesus Happy

Happy winter everyone! I love that some times, on these sometimes gloomy wintry days, the sun breaks out and makes everything look bright and white. That’s the same feeling I have about the Son, Jesus Christ, giving us light for a fresh new start. Today in church I heard the sweetest story from a young man in my congregation. He started his talk by saying that he had been asked to share a story from his life and how it relates to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I thought, wow, how simple, yet how wonderful. It would be wonderful if each of this in the congregation got asked to do this! I would love that! Every person whether they know it or not, has a story to say about Jesus touching their lives.

The story the young man shared was this. He said that he was involved in a church basketball team of 12-13 year old young men, years ago. They played against other teams of young men that same age in a league. One of the young men on his team was really, good. His name is John. For a while, every play involved John running down the court at lightning speed and shooting a basket. At some point, John decided to give the other players a turn with the ball. He gave the ball to Adam and let Adam take control. Adam dribbled a bit and shot the ball at the basket and missed. He was disappointed but he could tell that John was happy that Adam made the effort. Then when Adam did make a basket John was really happy. Then years later, the time came for Adam to play basketball with younger cousins. He was finally in John’s shoes. He was the strongest and fastest player. He could have hogged the ball the whole time and made all the points, but he didn’t. He let the younger cousins have many turns with the ball, and loved seeing them make points. So Adam likened that to Jesus Christ. He said that that is how Jesus is. He is the strongest, fastest player. He could control all of our lives and win everything for us. But he gets more joy by sharing the ball of our life with us. He hands it over us. He watches us struggle. He loves it when we shoot to make spiritual baskets. He is sad when we miss. He gets tremendous joy when he sees us make the baskets and make progress. I just thought that was so beautiful. 

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We Can Each Be Part of the Next Great Miracle That God is Preparing: Happy New Year 2023!

Look at these beautiful deer we saw yesterday as we were coming home from a New Year’s vacation at my parents’ mountain cabin. It’s a momma dear and her baby. I love seeing wildlife, as they bear witness of a Creator, Jesus Christ. We have had a beautiful time of Christmas celebrating His birth and a wonderful week between Christmas and New Year’s. (Despite some HUGE negative feelings that arose inside of me on Christmas Day. That’s a subject for another time.) On Thursday I took the kids to my parents’ cabin for a weekend of sledding (not for me with my old bones), hygge-ness, and board games.(I cover hygge-ness here.) I had a wonderful time with lots of extended family. I loved playing games with my parents, children, husband, nieces and nephews. I loved seeing my grandnieces and grandnephews toddle about. The only thing wrong was that two sons and my married daughter, her husband, and my grandbabies weren’t there. I was thrilled that my oldest child and his girlfriend could be there, having flown in from TX.

I’m not ready to give up Christmas around here. I just might continue sharing some Christmas-y things over the next while.

First, the video below. The image above comes from the video. It teaches you about the sacred astronomy involved in the birth of Jesus. It’s more than just a new star shining at His birth. Truly all things bear witness of Jesus Christ and His love for us.

Watching the above video stirred inside me tremendous feelings of love and gratitude to God. I’m just so full of awe and gratitude that He aligns signs in the heavens and the earth so perfectly. He creates endless, interwoven patterns for us to enjoy. He creates miracles. Not just back then, with the birth of Jesus, orchestrated according to multiple signs in the heavens, but continuing onward. He continues with signs and wonders, with Jesus working on each of us, for Jesus to change our hearts and bring us back home to Heavenly Father as righteous creatures, able to live with Father again.

This story that I read here spoke truth to me as well. I love that the author says that we are each part of “the next great miracle” that God is creating. I absolutely loved it. The story is about how this woman moved from SLC Utah to Montana so her husband could take a border patrol job at the US-Canadian border. She was used to being busy making a lot of Christmas music every fall and early winter as a violin teacher. She and her students put on a lot of concerts together. For the past 15 years or so she had held a benefit concert to earn money and food for a homeless shelter. She wanted to do one in Montana. She started calling around to get people to help. No one would agree, until someone told her to call a woman named “Connie” to get help. So she did.

Connie was the first person to match her enthusiasm. So they worked together and put together a 2 1/2 hour program with 40 musicians. Afterwards, the writer says (quoting from the story), 

“People talked about the concert for months afterward with a feeling of community pride. Everyone had known that their neighbors and friends had talents, but no one had ever seen those talents presented in one place at the same time. Many commented on how good it felt to have the different churches come together for an event, and others said it set the tone for the rest of the Christmas season. However, the most common sentiment was simply that it made people ‘feel good inside.’

“Last December we held our second annual Community Christmas Concert and raised $2,000 for the local ministerial association’s charitable work. The number of participants and the amount of community and ecclesiastical involvement continued to grow. The concert seems to be on its way to becoming a tradition in our area—something everyone looks forward to. And still, the biggest reason people say they attend is because of the feeling that is present.

“My testimony is that Heavenly Father wants our light and His light to shine. He will give us promptings. When we follow those promptings and have faith to move forward—even when it is uncomfortable—He will work His miracles through us. He is always preparing us for the next miracle. I realize now that my prior musical experiences and accomplishments had simply been preparation for that moment when everyone in our community sang ‘Silent Night’ together.

“How grateful I am for a loving Heavenly Father who sees the whole picture and knows where we fit in, where we can contribute, and how we can help bless others.” (See Melanie Massey Hoggan’s article here.)

I just love that line, “He is always preparing us for the next miracle.”

It’s very true, that is exactly how I feel. Hence we always want to be improving our talents, our skills, our knowledge, and our wisdom, so we can be ready to be instruments in His hands to be involved in God’s next great miracle. I always want to follow those little whisperings of the Holy Spirit so I can be part of His next great miracle.

I had my own little post-Christmas miracle just this past Monday. After we got off the mountain in my father’s ATV and then his 4WD truck, just leaving the parking lot at the base of the mountain where we had parked our cars proved difficult. It had snowed so much, every day over the weekend, that our cars spun wheels, getting over a teeny hill to get to the road connecting to the parking lot. So our three cars in a line were stuck. A Good Samaritan came and helped us get two out of the three cars out of the parking lot onto the road. My car was more difficult. We called AAA but the dispatcher couldn’t even get a tow truck to come since all the tow truck drivers were all celebrating New Year’s Day. (So much for 24/7 emergency roadside assistance. There’s a caveat for you AAA members: you can get emergency help unless you are out in the boonies and it’s New Year’s Day, being observed on a Monday).

Who should appear, after we had worked, dug, pushed and pulled and waited inside semi-warm cars for three hours, but another wonderful Good Samaritan. This time it was someone I already knew! I’ve actually blogged about him and heard him speak many times. He attached his tow strap to his Jeep and got us out sooner than we could say Saint Nicholas. It was amazing! I feel so blessed! One of my favorite videos of him is below. Who was this rescuer? It was Rod Meldrum, the Book of Mormon guy. Why was he able to pull us out using a smaller car, and the same kind of tow strap, when the other guy couldn’t? I believe it’s because he travels with angelic help.

We were able to start driving and get out of the canyon before it got dark. I’m feeling so blessed. I even got to stop at a thrift store on the way home, something I’ve missed for three weeks because of all my holiday work. We came home, shoveled the driveway, ate dinner, watched a Christmas movie, and basked in the light and love of Christ. It was the perfect ending for a week of holiday-ing.

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2022 Christmas Day: the Character of Christ

I got my Immanuel Wreath to replace my DIY one! We’ve been enjoying it the past few weeks! I love reading the names of Christ at the base, one below each candle, and reading the accompanying scriptures. If you want to learn more about it, read here. We lit it all up last night. The effect is stunning! I just love looking at this wreath of light as I ponder on the source of all light, our Savior Jesus Christ.

My Christmas gift to you today is this video below, all about the character of Christ, by one of his Twelve Apostles, living on the earth today, Elder David A. Bednar. It is so beautiful. I testify what he says is true. Watch and listen and bask in the joy and the peace of the Holy Spirit that accompanies his words. I rejoice in the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Because of Him, we need never walk in darkness. He truly is the Life, Love and Light of the World.

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2022 Countdown to Christmas: Today is the Bicentennial of “The Night Before Christmas”!

Merry Day before Christmas everyone! I’m just popping in because I can’t let this day pass without mentioning a remarkable historical note. Did you know that today, Christmas Eve of 2022, marks the bicentennial, or 200 years, since Clement Clarke Moore wrote the world famous poem “The Night Before Christmas”? Little did he know, on Christmas Eve, 1822, as Mr. Moore wrote his poem, which was an early Christmas/bedtime gift for his children that night, that it would become a classic. Maybe even the most well-known poem in the English language? At least among children who speak English? I learned about the date he wrote it by reading aloud the above charming picture book, yesterday during our Christmas Morning (err…evening, since I ran out of time in the morning) Basket time. Then I did the math and realized, hey, it’s been 200 years!

The above book tells some history behind the writing of the poem. I enjoyed the book but was left wondering how much is true. Is it historical fiction? Or is it all true, like the story in the book of him taking a sleigh ride from his home in Chelsea New York to the tip of Manhattan Island to buy another turkey for Christmas Dinner at the Washington Square Market? I just love the map in the book that shows the route. The book tells the story, that as he took the sleigh ride to go shopping, he pondered what he would write to fulfill his promise to his daughter to write something to share with his children that night as a special surprise. In the picture book, he sees images that eventually become part of the poem, like a man in his nightcap looking out a window, a driver of his sleigh, who had ruddy cheeks, and a fat man carrying a sack over his shoulder. Unlike other picture books I’ve enjoyed based in history (like the picture book biographies I love over here), it has no author’s note, or backmatter, at the end of the book, to tell me. I’m so disappointed.

That’s why I’m SOOOOO excited that I got this picture book below from my public library’s interlibrary loan program. As God orchestrated it, I was able to pick it up yesterday, just in time to read it tonight. I requested it a few weeks ago. I’m so grateful it came in Thursday, and I was able to pick it up yesterday, as the library is closed today, on Christmas Eve. Nothing like getting a perfect picture book, about Christmas Eve, that tells of a poem written on Christmas Eve, to read on Christmas Eve, exactly 200 years later! This makes my homeschooling mama’s heart sing!

The book shown below tells the story of how the poem was written, according to the second great-granddaughter of Clement Moore.

Here is what goodreads.com says about it:

“In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore created the classic Christmas poem, ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ for his daughter. Here, in verse and accompanied by over 50 richly detailed illustrations, is the story of the writing of this classic. It is based on the history of the poem as passed down through the generations of the Moore family and told to the author by Dinghy Sharp, the great-great-granddaughter of Clement Moore. Not only does the story of the beautiful and enduring poem’s creation unfold in this tale, but many of the terms and actions of the characters in ‘The Night Before Christmas’ are explained, including why stockings were hung, why windows were shuttered, what coursers were, and what exactly sugarplums that danced through children’s heads really were. Perhaps most moving, is Moore’s motivation and inspiration for the creation of the poem. This lovely edition is a natural companion to ‘The Night Before Christmas,’ which is included in Moore’s own handwriting at the tale’s conclusion. This story is sure to become an equally valued part of the holiday tradition.”

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We will read this tonight as part of our Christmas Eve program!

I love that this poem, was a gift of a father to his children. (According to the picture book at the very top, Mr. Moore was kind of like Jim-Bob Duggar. His children were 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 when he wrote the poem. Whew! His wife must have had a housekeeper!) He wrote it to show his love. This fatherly gift continues to bring so much delight and joy the world over. (I remember my first grade class acting this poem out for parents and friends for a Christmas program. I was bummed I was assigned to be a boring top instead of a glamorous sugar plum fairy.) This gift of a father to his children has inspired countless versions and is a family tradition for many to be read aloud very Christmas Eve. He also paved the way for what most people think of Santa as: a jolly old fat man with reindeer who use a sleigh instead of a wagon. Just goes to show the power of a father’s love and pen.

Merry Christmas everyone! Be sure to watch the Studio C sketch down at the bottom of this post. So funny! It uses Poe’s poem The Raven but shows Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve, which has definitely been shaped by Mr. Moore’s poem.

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2022 Countdown to Christmas: Easier Way to Do Picture Book Advent than Wrapping Them

You’ve probably heard or read about the idea of doing a Christmas Picture Book Advent. I started doing it years ago, when all seven of my children lived at home. After one year of wrapping 25 books, I was done. With the wrapping, that is. We still do Christmas picture books, one or two a day, more if I can squeeze it in, as part of our Christmas Morning Basket. I just pull them out and pretend that we just unwrapped them, haha. My lovely genius daughter, who is married with two little boys, came up with this great idea for moms like me who don’t want to wrap the books: gift bags. Why didn’t I think of that?

Being a minimalist, she loves the plain brown paper bags, as shown below. She embellishes them a bit with a white gel pen.

She just hangs them from string with clothespins. Then they aren’t accessible to curious little fingers.

She says you can get them on amazon, like here. Trader Joe’s has more decorative ones.

I’m sorry I’m sharing this so late in the Christmas game, but at least you can all get the idea for next year. And hey, it’s OK to be reading Christmas picture books after Christmas. I do it all through January as part of my “hygge homeschooling” or “hyggeschooling.” Here’s where you can learn more about that.

Dear daughter got a lot of book titles from me. I’ve been collecting picture book titles for years, especially for Christmas. The one she’s reading aloud below, however, is one I hadn’t heard of before.

It’s called Red and Green, Blue and White by Lee Wind, illustrated by Paul Zelinksy. It’s based on a true story of friendship between a boy who is Jewish and a girl who is Christian. I put it on hold at the public library the other day and can’t wait to read it. I invite you to read it too! If you want more Christmas picture book titles, go here. Remember, don’t feel like you have to buy any of them. Your local public library probably has a bunch.

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2022 Countdown to Christmas: Hallmark Christmas Movie Bingo and Trading Christmas Movie Review

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I love me a good, cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie. You too? I recently found out one of my male relatives has a secret addiction to them. Hee-hee. I’m excited to trade notes with him the next time I see him, maybe on Christmas Day. I can find out all of his recommendations, and he can get mine.

But I’m not showing him the video above. When my son showed it to me on Thanksgiving Day, we all laughed out loud. It’s hilarious! The guy in the video is playing both the male and female leads of a typical Hallmark Christmas movie. Just a hint when watching: when he has the scarf around his neck, he is playing the female lead. It all rings so true! The above-mentioned relative wasn’t there, and his wife advised I not show it to him, as it might offend him. She said he’ll have to be in the right mood to appreciate it. So maybe we can catch him in the right mood on Christmas Day.

In the meantime, I’m having fun indulging in the cheesiness of these movies and using the above image to play bingo, even if it’s all mentally as I don’t really have time to sit down and watch the movies with hands solely playing bingo. At this point, so close to Christmas, it’s multitasking all the way (meaning I’m listening to movies as I wrap gifts or do other chores).

Anyway, this video is the most recent Hallmark Christmas movie I’ve seen. It’s delightful! I highly recommend it! 5 out of 5 stars. It’s clean, funny, devoid of bad language, and the acting is great.

Here’s the plot summary from scribd.com:

“Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston.

“Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays – except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!

“Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston-and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town – it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and…elves.

“Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith Kerrigan travels to Leavenworth to visit her and instead finds Charles the grinch. Then Charles’s brother, Ray, shows up at his home in Boston to discover that he isn’t there – but Emily is.

“Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because everything changes at Christmas!”

It’s based on the book below, which I’m currently listening to in scribd as an audiobook. If you want to learn about how you can use scribd to listen to all the Christmas audiobooks you can, go here.

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So far, the book is much better than the movie! As usual! I hope you enjoy both!

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Two Christmas Tamales Stories

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I read aloud this picture book a few years ago and loved it. I didn’t realize until I read it that eating tamales on Christmas Eve is a Latin American Christmas Eve tradition. I love it! I love having traditions, and traditions that involve food are even better. Come to think of it, when we lived in southeastern AZ my husband’s co-worker, who is Hispanic, always sent him home with a box of tamales on Christmas Eve. She was such a sweet lady.

Here’s a video read aloud of the book down below so you can enjoy it right away. So be sure to watch it and go put the picture book on hold at your local library.

Then here is a great story involving two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christmas, and tamales. It is such a sweet story. I just love it. It’s a wonderful story of love and sacrifice. I hope all involved are blessed and prospering because of their sacrifice.

Here’s the beginning of the story:

“I had about two months left on my mission in Costa Rica, and I was serving with an American companion, Sister Nguyen. We were excited to be celebrating Christmas and were preparing small bags of sweets and cookies to deliver on Christmas Eve to friends and families in the small city where we lived.

“I had spent most of my mission in very poor areas, and I was grateful. The Lord had blessed me by allowing me to teach people in humble homes, to live among them and learn of their kindness, their humility, and their spirit of sacrifice.

“The last family we visited to drop off some treats was the Carmona family, a large family that was one of the poorest in the ward. They all—parents, children, in-laws, and grandchildren—lived in a small wooden hut covered with sheet metal, lacking electricity and any other modern comfort. They were preparing traditional tamales that they would eat during the holidays…

Go here to finish reading it.

If you want more Christmas stories, and if you are like me, you can’t have too many! I am obsessed with them, whether they be picture books or stories that stand alone in print with no illustrations.

Anyway, if you want more, go get my FREE family devotionals ebook here. Check out Christmas picture book recommendations here. Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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