Friday, December 14, 2012

25 Reasons Why I'm Grateful for the Birth of the Savior: He Gives Us Life

Reason 14: Today I'm grateful for the birth of the Savior because He gives us life, not just once, but forever. The gospel gives us knowledge that, because the Savior died, we will live again. This earth life is just a time of testing. Death will come to all of us, but it will not be the end. We will see our loved ones again. We will exist beyond the short span of mortal years allotted to us. We will be resurrected and live again. After just thirty-three short years after His birth, Christ would end His earthly life. Yet, this was not the end for Him. Three days later, He rose from the tomb. He was the first to overcome death, and His triumph prepared the way for us to overcome death as well. I'm so grateful for the life that began in a stable on that peaceful night in Bethlehem, for it provided the gift of eternal life for us all.

“O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.”  -2 Nephi 9:10

"The Resurrection from the dead is a most beautiful aspect of the Atonement and truly a part of the plan of happiness; the Resurrection is universal and applies to the entire human family. We will all be resurrected. I bear testimony of that fact and truth. This is an unconditional gift from God."  --Earl C. Tingey, The Great Plan of Happiness

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