Monday, December 7, 2015

Mission Newsletter

Turn to the One Who Still Gives Light unto the World
Ukraine Kyiv Mission
7 December 2015
Quote: “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people.” (Luke 2:10)
Dear Elders and Sisters
Below is a draft letter that we will be sending to the branches this Christmas season. There is much we can learn from babushky.
If you are ever on the roads in the early morning no matter how cold or how early, there can always be found a Babushka on the side of the road with a flashing light signaling to travelers a hot beverage is for sell. Even though we don’t drink coffee or tea, These Babushky deserve our love and respect.. Despite difficult life circumstance, including age, they have figured out a way to survive. What they do is not easy, but they do it. It is interesting that with these flashing lights in the dark and warm drinks Babushky serve others and those travelers who stop in turn serve the Babushky.
As Christmas approaches the days get shorter; there is less and less daylight and more night. Celebrating Christmas at a time of year when the night is longest is the perfect time, because He is the light in the darkness of our lives. He overcame that darkness of death and the darkness of any sadness and sorrow. We experience in this life. A new star in the heavens was the chosen sign that the Savior was born. In the Americas, two days and a night without darkness was also a sign that had come into the world. The sign in the Americas literally saved those who were condemned to die on the very day if the sign had not come. The light from the new star served as a beacon for all those who would come to the Savior. The Saviors birth truly as the angel said, “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people.” (Luke 2:10)
As the world around us darkens through wickedness, death, sorrow, and destruction let us turn to the One who still gives light unto the world. Let us remember Him who is the “Prince of Peace” and give Him room in our hearts. Sometimes we think that we cannot help another because in our own life circumstances we have so little strength or material means. Let’s take example and strength from the Babushky on the side of a cold early-morning road. No matter our life’s circumstance let us be the Savior’s flashing lights to life’s weary traveler. Let us light other’s lives by our words and deeds. Let’s warm hearts with the “good news” that “unto <us> a child is born this day...a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:12) As you serve others, the Christmas Season will bring you closer to Him and you yourself will find more peace, more strength, more joy, and more forgiveness. Your spiritual light will be illuminated by the Spirit of the Season.
We love and pray for each one of you! May the Lord’s choicest blessings be upon you and your families during this Christmas season and throughout the new year!
With much Love,

President and Sister Packer 

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