I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope this time sees you all in good health and enjoying this special season that we have to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. What an amazing time it is to remember the greatest gift that was sent to us from a loving Father in Heaven. A gift of Hope, a gift of Joy, a gift of Redemption, a gift of Mercy through the Holy One of Israel.
A gift of knowing that any weakness could be strengthened, that any mistake could be corrected. I have really come to love the words of Alma as he states "And He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith He will take upon Him the pains and the sicknesses of His people. And He will take upon Him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind His people; and He will take upon Him their infirmities, that His bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that He may know according to the flesh how to succor His people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that He might take upon Him the sins of His people, that He might blot out their transgressions according to the power of His deliverance;" (Alma 7:11-13)
How great it is to know that He has suffered all things that He might know how to strengthen us and uphold as we travel through this mortal life. That He has answered the ends of the law for us, the He might extend His arms of mercy towards us, to act as our mediator. How wonderful to know that through following His example and His teachings we can find the pathway to peace and happiness in this life, and eternal life hereafter. How humbling it is to know that He was willing and loving enough to descend below all things to provide us a way to be raised above all things.
I have really enjoyed this Christmas season, and this time that I've had to serve as a full-time missionary as a time to focus on the Savior and His teachings, to share my knowledge and understanding and blessings that I have been gifted with to all people. We are all children of our Heavenly Father, and the Savior and His mercy are extended to all. Though it is up to us whether we will accept Him or not, whether we will follow His commandments, or seek after our own.
I know that His ways are the ways of happiness. Every commandment He has given us is an evidence of His love for us as He knows the way. He wants to help us and protect us through this treacherous state known as mortal life. The only way to find true peace and happiness in this life is by abiding by His precepts, as "wickedness never was happiness". I am grateful for the testimony that I have gained since I have been out serving, and for the gift of Repentance that has been granted to all of us. I'm certainly no perfect person, but how grateful I am for the opportunity to continue to strive to be better, and for the privilege of being able to be forgiven of past mistakes. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Church and Kingdom that Christ established while he lived on the Earth, and has been restored by His power through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that we have living apostles and prophets on the Earth today who have been called of God to guide us in these Latter Days, and to help us prepare for the Second coming of the Messiah. I know that the Holy Priesthood that was given to the prophets and apostles of old has also been restored to the earth and that the visions, revelations, miracles, and authority to perform sacred ordinances exist today. These things I testify in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the coming New Year. I love you all and thank you for the part each one of you has played in my life. I pray that you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend and may you always be blessed.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell