On the 11th Day of Christmas Past, rekindling history to enhance today’s Light the World – “That which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.”
Question: What creative way did the Alvarez family see others doing as Christ would do?
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“Christmas with ‘Christ'”
Recollections of the Past – Elder Lino Alvarez
“Although we were not able to do it every year, we always tried to keep in touch with our family, and were able to teach our children about the importance of sharing this beautiful season with our beloved ones. The experiences we shared together were great opportunities for our children to get to know their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins and to strengthen our family ties.
It was wonderful for our children to be able to see & hear their grandparents share their testimonies of Jesus Christ as well as the priceless teachings they had gained through their lives. Their beautiful family histories helped us to know them better and to love them more. We loved to watch our children light their sparklers and enjoy with their cousins the delicious Mexican food and treats.
The most important experiences for us were those when, with our children, we talked about Christ’s life and his teachings in order to live more closely in accordance with his example. There were times we could not visit with our extended family and we stayed together in our own home and tried to find ways to see Christ in our fellowmen.
One thing we enjoyed was “inviting Christ” to our family home evening the Monday before Christmas. In a family council some time earlier, we would select a family or individual from our ward whom we could invite to our home evening closest to Christmas Day. We always invited those who had been a good influence in our lives, whose Christlike behavior was a good example to follow.
At the start of our home evening, we explained to our guests that it was a special night for us, a night in which we wanted to invite Christ into our home, and that we were in fact inviting them because their lives were symbolic of Christ’s life. We told them with humbled hearts that they had been a good example to us of how to live as the Savior lived.
Every time we did so, we felt the Spirit of Christ flooding our home and hearts. The friendship and love for our guests were strenghtened and we made effort to follow their good example throughout the year.”
Christmas Treasures – Stories and Reminiscences from General Authorities p. 25-26