We are told that Charity is the greatest of all.  It never faileth.  It is the pure love of Christ.  It is LOVE in actIon.  We live in a very selfish world.  If you have ever at any point in your life felt the sting of financial duress you know how hard some people have it right now.  Whether it was when you were growing up or as an adult with a family it is a difficult place.  The Proverbial Rock and Hard Place that doesn’t yield easily.  We all work through it eventually, hopefully with no permanent scars.  One common experience many of us had in these times of difficulty is the miracles wrought by the angels among us.  Those few that somehow know of the challenges we are passing through.  Random acts of kindness, money or gift cards left both from friends and strangers, presents delivered unexpectedly.  Miracles.  That is what these moments that grace perfection are called.  I do know a secret I wish to share with you.  We all fall short in this life of perfection and were in not for the Infinite Atonement of our Savior we would all be lost.  I do know that when we serve others and lift those in need we bless them and bless ourselves 10 fold.  I was told once kindness and service bury a multitude of sins.  Why?  Because in the end we are judged by our hearts and actions more than anything.  Living a Christlike life and being charitable is far different than calling oneself a Christian.  Again this year we have had several opportunities to pay charity forward.  The level of kindness that has been shown to my family in the past was an overwhelming and beautiful thing.  I remember 6 words that will forever be burned into my soul.  “When your able, pay it forward.”  We have done our best.  We continue to try and do better.  Not just during the Holidays but whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Tonight we were able to take Christmas presents to a Hispanic family in Provo.  They were not expecting us nor were they planning a Christmas.  No tree.  no decorations.  The parents did not speak English the oldest of three boys Leo translated.  The mother and father experienced Joy.  Kids experienced the magic of Christmas or I am sure their little miracle of 2013.  I embraced this wonderful mother and cried with her a few moments.  She looked me in the eyes and even though we didn’t speak I knew her thoughts.  In Les Miserables there is a line that says to look into another’s eyes is to see the face of God.  It truly is amazing to lift another person in a moment they need it most.  If you are able there is still time to help.  So many people in the world today that are struggling.  It breaks my heart to think of a child not getting a present.  Take the opportunity to lift another and to experience the true Spirit of Christmas.  It is worth the time, effort, and sacrifice and I promise the universe pays back karma 10 fold.  God Bless and so many miracles to come.  I know we are not done.

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