Christmas Morning 2016

The boys had Santa deliver their presents at our house this year.  Their house is still torn up with remodeling projects ongoing.  Having the boys there on Christmas morning made the magical experience even more special.  We had a huge snowstorm and had at least 13 inches where we live.

 

Happy Birthday Dad…….

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Today would have been my father’s 84th birthday.  I miss you still and always.  You were a wonderful father, husband, friend and the kindest man I have ever known.  I will see you again one day because families are forever.  I love you!

 

Christmas Card 2016

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I really wanted a double-sided card but I couldn’t get the printing software to cooperate. I had to get them printed quickly so after struggling for a couple of hours I redesigned the card and got it ready for print.  The doubled sided card that I designed is above.

Below is the card that was actually sent:

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The 2 cards above would have been the inserts for the inside of the card and the back of the  double card.

We had a wonderful Christmas especially because of our precious grandchildren.  It is amazing to see the wonder and delight in their eyes.  I love their innocence and creative imaginations that help them explore new worlds and adventures.

 

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas……..

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We had a Christmas Sing-a-long at the branch where we serve.  Alec and Emmett looked like adorable Christmas elves with their candy cane striped jammies and Santa hats.  The residents really enjoyed the boys singing.  The boys love singing and helping the residents.  They love to pass out the hymn books and retrieve them after the meeting.

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Wexford Carol

A New Music Video For Your Holiday Traditions

This inspirational modern-day take on the prodigal son depicts a family dealing with disappointment and loss leading to a joyful reconciliation. Set to Mack Wilberg’s stirring arrangement of the Irish “The Wexford Carol,” the video alludes to imagery found in the trilogy of parables found in Luke 15: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the ‘lost” or prodigal son. Learn more about the video from this blog article.

Find the Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording of “The Wexford Carol” on iTunes or find links to the Choir’s full Hallelujah! album.

Listen to the Choir perform the Wexford Carol live as part of the 2016 First Presidency Christmas Devotional by clicking here.

The Mormon tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have even more inspirational Christmas music videos to help you and your’s celebrate the holiday season! Keep your eyes open for familiar themes and faces!

Wexford Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide,
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas,
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you’ll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God’s angel had foretold
They did our Savior Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

O Come, Emmanuel – Christmas Version – ThePianoGuys

We woke up to a winter wonderland.  It has been snowing most of the night and it is still coming down.  What a beautiful sight!  Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season and best wishes to all……………..Shine your light and make the world a kinder, gentler place.

Published on Dec 4, 2012

You are probably familiar with this classic Christmas song, but you have never heard it played like this before. YouTube sensations The Piano Guys take an already beautiful hymn to new heights in this Mormon Channel exclusive music video.

Between shots of The Piano Guys performing on the set of the Bible Videos are scenes depicting Jesus Christ healing the sick and forgiving the sinners, filmed on that very same set. Jesus Christ reached out then and He reaches out to you today, no matter the place or season. Will you choose to accept His everlasting love?

http://www.mormonchannel.org/christma… – Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and watch “O Come, Emmanuel” featuring ThePianoGuys, Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson (piano/cello).

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Lyrics:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Feiern Sie die wahre Bedeutung von Weihnachten und sehen Sie sich „O komm, Emmanuel” mit ThePianoGuys, Jon Schmidt und Steven Sharp Nelson (Klavier/Cello) an.

歡慶聖誕真諦,觀賞由ThePianoGuys演奏的「以馬內利,懇求降臨」,演奏者為強‧舒密特、史蒂夫‧納爾遜(鋼琴/大提琴)。

Célébrez la véritable signification de Noël en regardant « O Come, Emmanuel » avec ThePianoGuys, Jon Schmidt et Steven Sharp Nelson (piano/violoncelle).

クリスマスの真の意味を祝い,「来たれ,おお,インマヌエル」を御覧ください。ピアノ/チェロ:ジョン・シュミット,スティーブン・シャープ・ネルソン(ザ・ピアノガイズ)

크리스마스의 참된 의미를 경축하고 ThePianoGuys 가 녹화한 “O Come, Emmanuel”을 시청하십시오. 존 슈미트와 스티븐 샵 넬슨(피아노/첼로)

Faamanatu le uiga moni o le Kerisimasi ma maimoa i le “Afio Mai ia, Emanuelu” faatinoina e le ThePianoGuys, Jon Schmidt ma Steven Sharp Nelson (piano/selo).

Fakafiefiaʻi e ʻuhinga moʻoni ʻo e Kilisimasí mo mamata ʻi he “O Come, Emmanuel” ʻi hono fakahoko atu ʻe he ThePianoGuys, ko Jon Schmidt mo Steven Sharp Nelson (piano/cello).

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#LIGHTtheWORLD, Jesus’s Disciples Followed Him

December 25, 2016

Jesus’s Disciples Followed Him and So Can We

When the Savior was born, a new light appeared in the heavens. He is the Light of the World—not just on Christmas Day, but every day. Follow Him, and never walk in darkness again.

THREE SIMPLE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Turn some of the 25 Days ideas from this month into New Year’s resolutions.
Learn more about how to follow the Savior’s example.
Find a picture of Jesus Christ that inspires you and place it in your home where it can serve as a reminder to follow Him.
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Have some time off for the holidays? Devote one day to selfless service for those you love.
Did you get an appreciated but unneeded gift? Donate it to a charity or a person in need.
Sign up to help at a soup kitchen or food bank during the spring or summer months, when they have fewer volunteers.
View and share this short video about the importance of Jesus Christ.
Visit JustServe.org for more ways to #LIGHTtheWORLD in your community (U.S. and Canada only).
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Luke 9:23