Everyone loves a good love story—one that tugs at the heart strings and makes you hold your honey a little closer. So when a love story comes along that bridges the gap between this life and the next, it’s worth telling. It’s not simply a story about the happily-ever-after between two sweethearts—it confirms the happily-forever-after that is promised to us all.
I remember a beautiful story told by a sister missionary about the generous nature of strangers. While serving in a foreign country, she was struggling to find the right currency to use at a postage stamp machine. The bills she had would not take, and she was getting frustrated with herself and the process. On top of that, there was a line behind her of patrons who were trying to be patient with the wait. She was ready to give up.
This is a banner year for us in the Philadelphia area. We, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are getting our own temple. Temples are different from meetinghouses. We worship Jesus Christ on Sundays in our meetinghouses, where we partake of the sacramental bread and water and renew our covenants with Him.
Christmas was a wonderful day this year, full of family phone calls, text messages, visits—and most importantly, no reminders of the troubles current events. How is it that my Facebook friends who tear into each other every other day of the year can put aside their differences for one day and agree on anything? Christmas does that every year, and how grateful I am to celebrate it!
As we approach this last week before Christmas, the energy in the air is unmistakable—family is at the center of our minds. “Do I have the right present for my husband? Did I get my Christmas packages for my brother’s family to the post office on time? Will my children be happy with what they find under the tree? Are there more people I could have written Christmas cards to, thanking them for their service to me and my family?” If we could read the thoughts of our neighbors and friends, no doubt they’d have the common thread—have I done enough for my family this Christmas? Putting aside the stress this may cause, ponder the deeper meaning—the Christmas season is a transformative time for those who believe. It takes us out of our own self-centered world and opens our eyes to what matters most—family. And families are forever.