Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Time For Celebration

Hello everyone! It has been a little while since our last blog. Sorry :( We have been in the process of buying a condo, moving, sharing a car that takes us to work, Nate to school, and Owen and to the sitters... pretty busy, but we are happy and grateful for our many blessings. We are excited to have two days off in a row together :) Nate has one more semester of school and he will be graduated. Yeah!!! :) Owen continues to be a sweet baby and we love him lots!

Today is a day of celebration for a couple of reasons. Nate's Dad Paul celebrated his birthday! Yeah :) We went out to dinner and it was yummy. Happy Birthday Paul. We love ya lots! Also, it is Joseph Smith's Birthday. I wanted to share a few thoughts on Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the birth and life of Joseph Smith. He sought for the truth when he was a young boy and received answers to his prayers. He was called to be the first prophet of The Church 0f Jesus Christ in our time and day. He translated the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, which is great to study hand in hand with the bible. Joseph Smith received direct instruction from God to set up his church on the earth today. I know God continues to call living prophets in our day to lead us and guide us. Today the prophet is Thomas S. Monson. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have received through study, prayer, and seeking to know the truth. When I was about 15 I came to know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. I am grateful to Him for all his sacrifices he made, even his life, so that we can have so many blessings today.

I am grateful for Christmas Eve and Christmas to be able to reflect and give thanks for the greatest gift of all, the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that through the life, death and resurrection of Christ that we will live eternally. We each have the opportunity to live with our family members who have passed on from this life. I know that we will see them again. I hope that each of you have a wonderful Christmas and that the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His great plan will fill your minds and hearts and spirits with JOY throughout this holiday season and throughout the coming year!!!