It has been a fun couple of days getting ready for Christmas Day. I love the true meaning of Christmas. We give gifts as a token of gratitude for the greatest of all gifts ever given. Our Saviour. I am reminded every season of the beauty of the Atonement. I reflect upon the scriptures. We are taught that men are that they might have joy. We are also taught that God’s work and glory is to bring men to eternal life. For me, I believe that one way we make the Atonement work for us is to seek the Joy our Saviour wants for us. We do this by eliminating all things that get in the way. There is so much noise in the world today. In the vision of the tree of life I think of this as the mist of darkness that clouds our way and confuses our perception. This mist leads us into strange paths and to be swallowed by the river. Our busyness in life is a perfect example of our unbelief and askew priorities. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that he made it possible for us to find Joy in mortality. Like many of you I am learning and trying. I am choosing to simplify my life. To be less busy. To spend more time with my family. To pray more. To find quiet moments. To focus on my blessings and not my needs and wants. To be more kind and aware of others. To smile more. To be content. To live with purpose. To have Joy. May God bless you. Merry Christmas!