December 20, 2010
Dear Former Taiwan Kaohsiung Missionaries and our fellow missionaries,
It’s Christmas time again and we don’t know where the year has gone. Our lives have been filled with love for all of you. It seems the older we get the more sensitive our feelings become regarding the most significant things in our lives—family, friends, our missionaries, the words of eternal life, covenants and our Father’s Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. We of all people have and continue to be richly blessed. We are extremely grateful for the abundance of God’s blessings to us and our family. We hope and pray that your lives are daily enriched with blessings from Heaven above.
As our thoughts turn to the birth of Jesus Christ we wonder about the feelings of peace, joy and love that the parents of Mary and Joseph must have had when they were told that Mary would
give birth to the Son of God, the Savior of all the world, the One whom all the prophets had prophesied would come to earth.
We as grandparents can only ponder the untold yet deeply abiding experiences which the grandparents of Jesus received from Him. We can honestly say that we receive so much love from our children, their spouses and especially our grandchildren.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s Christmas message in the Ensign, December 2010 queried “Can we see…?” As we read this question we were reminded of Nephi’s glorious “seeing” experience with the Holy Ghost and an Angel which is recorded in 1 Nephi
11:1-24 (Please thoughtfully read these Christmas verses) Nephi was led to see that the Tree of Life is Jesus Christ.
Elder Uchtdorf continued, “Sometimes the most difficult things to see are those that have been right in front of us all along…we sometimes cannot see that which is in plain sight.”
Sometimes we do spend too much of our lives in the outer ring of seeing and living in things “nice to know”; or in an inner circle of things we “should know”; when the most important area of living is at the bull’s eye where we see the things we “need to know.” May we always see Christ in Christmas, so that the day when He sees us we will be like Him. President Uchtdorf concluded, “…the glitter of the season should never dim our sight and prevent us from truly seeing the Prince of Peace in His majesty.”
We wish you a very merry, joyful and thoughtful Christmas and pray that the peace that Jesus promised will fill your lives as you draw closer to Him.
Merry Christmas with love,
President and Sister Murdock