Friday, December 10, 2010

A Gift for Jesus: What Will You Give?

Every year, since I can remember, my family has had the tradition of writing down a gift we each individually want to give Jesus for the year.  Sometimes we have done this in conjuction with Christmas and other years we have done this on or around April 6th but we have always done it.  So when I saw this cute page in the December "Friend" it reminded me of years past and the gifts I sometimes succeeded in giving Christ and others that I had to write down a few years in row. I loved the gifts they suggested, a few of them include: a hello to include, a testimony to share, and a smile to cheer. 
So I have been thinking about what my gift will be this next year.  There are so many things I can do better at.  There are so many things I should give. 

A few weeks back I gave the lesson in Relief Society on spiritual gifts and learned a few things.  Among the so many blessings that we receive from the Lord we also receive wonderful spiritual gifts.  This year I will give Jesus a gift, hopefully more than one, but I am first going to be asking for a gift from Him:

President George Q. Cannon said, “If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct these imperfections.… No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them. If a man lack wisdom, it is his duty to ask God for wisdom. The same with everything else. That is the design of God concerning His Church. He wants His Saints to be perfected in the truth. For this purpose He gives these gifts, and bestows them upon those who seek after them, in order that they may be a perfect people upon the face of the earth” (Millennial Star, 23 Apr. 1894, 260).

This year that is just what I plan to do.  I will first ask for the gifts that I feel I need in my life and in return my hope is that I will give all of my efforts in developing and seeking these gifts and that, in return, will be my gift to Jesus this year.

What Will You Give This Year?

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