May our gifts be given in compassion.

May our gifts be given in compassion.
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Tis’ the season of giving. As we think of our families, friends, and loved ones, let’s also think of the gifts we are about to give.
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Are our gifts given with true love and compassion, or are they merely out of pity and for self-satisfaction?
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How many of us have been on the receiving end or giving end of a careless gift? How did it make you feel inside?
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It’s easy, and I’m guilty of it myself; however, there is still time to think of a gift to someone that you can give in compassion. I challenge you to make that effort.
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What are the principles taught by the Savior, Jesus Christ? Let me help remind all of us by sharing something President Thomas A Monson once shared.
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Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips.
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Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness.
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Let it be a time for calling our families together, for feeling a closeness to those who are near to us and a closeness also to those who are absent.
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Let it be a time of prayers for peace, for the preservation of free principles, and for the protection of those who are far from us.
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Let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others.
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Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing the true values.
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Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace in His teachings.
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Most of all, let it be a time to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the Wise Men.
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As we are seven days away from Christmas, may we all find ways to hear Him!

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