Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wise Men Still Seek Him

I love the traditions of the Christmas season. It is most definitely my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations, the taste of my mom's banana cream pie, the steam rising from a cup of hot chocolate, the holiday music, the smell of pumpkin spice candles and especially the flicker of Christmas lights on a crisp night.

My love for this season has matured over the years and although those things all certainly add to the wonderful feeling I get at Christmastime, a few years ago I realized I needed to simplify the message I was teaching my children. That year, I put away my reindeer and my snowmen and decided to focus on the Savior and make sure they knew the amazing and inspiring story of His birth. Overall, the feeling we had in our home that year was amazingly peaceful to me... even with a house full of kids.

When January came and I was putting away all of my decorations, I decided to leave my nativity up all year long. It may seem funny and people comment on it all the time, but when I look at it, it reminds me of the Savior and how His birth is a very important part of my testimony of Him. My mom gave me a quote once that said, "Wise Men Still Seek Him" and it always had a huge impact on me, especially when I realized He is someone I should seek always, not just during the holiday season.

President Ezra Taft Benson said, "We must do the same as the Wise Men of old. They sought out the Christ and found Him. And so must we. Those who are wise still seek Him today."

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