On Sunday Gabriel gave a talk in Primary. He is quite a unique, funny and very expressive boy. He did some ad libbing and took a kind of ordinary talk and dressed it up a bit-Grammy and Poppy were amused and proud of their smart and unusual grandson. Below is the text of his talk on Christmas, minus the ad libbing. Go Gabe!
Christmas is an exciting time of the year for kids. We get excited when we see the decorations downtown come up in November, we are excited to see our family put up the Christmas tree, or our mom asks us to make a list of things we might want for presents. Families usually have Christmas activities to go to in December and we like to help make cookies or other fun treats that are our family’s tradition. I like to sit by our fireplace in the light of the Christmas tree and read a book. All of these things are an important part of Christmas for us. But when we are thinking of of all of these special things about Christmas, we sometimes forget that Christmas represents the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
We have a nativity scene in our living room that my grandma had when she was a little girl. It sits in front of the window and has lights around it, so that they give a special glow to the figures of Mary and Joseph and little Jesus in the manger. I can look at this and it helps me remember that Heavenly Father sent Jesus to the earth as a little baby to live and die for all of us, and what I can do to show I am thankful.
The First Presidency of the Church message, in the Friend this month says:
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to
“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him”.
The Wise men followed the light of a star to find and worship the Savior. We worship Him by following the light of His example. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is perfectly obedient, merciful and kind. He spent His time on earth in service, and He gave His life so we could repent and live eternally. Because he came to earth, we know who we are: beloved children of Heavenly Father.
This Christmas, may we sing with joy, pray in gratitude, and carry out kind deeds. As we strive to become more like the Savior, we will have joy and happiness during this wonderful season and peace each day of the year.
President Thomas S. Monson
Prsident Henry B. Eyring
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf