Because this is Christmas time I am writing my feelings about Jesus Christ. I am thankful for his life and teachings. His teachings have had a great affect, for good, in my life. I believe from following his teachings I am happier and have more freedom. Many, especially here in Utah, claim that religion restricts freedom. I am going to disagree with that statement. Because I profess to follow Christ here are the reasons his religion has kept me unrestricted; I have not used or experimented with alcohol, cigarettes or elicit drugs and therefore I am not a slave to those addictions. I have not engaged in promiscuous sexual conduct, and therefore my life is not restricted by the effects of sexually transmitted deseases. I do not steal or Murder and therefore not in prison. These are all pretty serious things. I am not however, trying to say that I am anywhere near perfect. I have done many things wrong in my life, and continue to make mistakes, that bring me sorrow as I realize my errors. My faith in Jesus Christ has helped me out with the sorrow I have felt.for my sins. Jesus Christ promises if we follow him he will forgive us of our sins and with this forgiveness we can feel peace. I have felt the peace that comes from Atonement Jesus Christ made for the sins of mankind, mine included.
I have also learned to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my life to help me make good choices. Unfortunately I have also felt the effects of poor choices I have made from not listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Everyday I strive to have the wisdom and strength to follow Jesus Christ and listen to the promptings he gives me through the Holy Ghost. Even with all the influence he has had in my life I still lack faith. Why do I still ask myself, almost daily, “Is he real?” As i contemplate this question I realize it is because I am selfish, lazy and want to find an easier way. Hopefully I can overcome my selfishness and laziness to more fully enjoy the peace that comes from committing myself to following him.
I also believe that if all people followed his teachings life would be easier, not just for me, but for everyone.
Why is Christmas time the best time of the year? It’s because it’s about Jesus. The more we think about him and follow him, doing what he would do the better our lives will be.
Christmas time is less happy now because we have tried to push Christ out of Christmas and replace him with the holidays.