"In our day the spirit of giving gifts plays a large role in commemorating the Christmas season. I wonder if we might profit by asking ourselves, What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year? May I suggest that our Heavenly Father would want each of us to render to Him and to His Son the gift of obedience. I also feel that He would ask us to give of ourselves and not be selfish or greedy or quarrelsome, as His precious Son suggests in the Book of Mormon: "Verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who . . . .stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
"Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away."
In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to love and give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Today there are hearts to gladden, kind works to say deeds to be done, and souls to be saved."
-President Thomas S. Monson-
Back: President and Sister Kezerian, Elder Lu, Elder Tepaki, Elder Greer and Elder Heiricks. (These two aren't leaving yet) Front: Elder Hemi, Sister Hemi (cousins) and Elder Kelly.