And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us–That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness. That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and by him. —Doctrine & Covenants 76:40-42
If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees–alone or with loved ones–give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. —Howard W. Hunter
This Day in LDS History
1953: The West German government grants the Church Koerperscaft Des Oeffentlichen Rechts (a corporation under public law), giving it equal rights with the established churches in Germany. This is the first time in German history that a foreign church has been so honored.
1968: Ground is broken for the Washington D.C. Temple.