Monday, December 29, 2014

December Days Draw to a Close

Sisters Alcocer, Rios, Tingey and Castillo lead us through the last December days of Christmas Lights
The Journey to Bethlehem

Elder and Sister Ballard and Sister Rios with the Visitors' Center Sisters after their Farewell Christmas Dinner

Sister Ballard is in charge of the fun and games

The sisters draw a Christmas Picture as instructed without seeing their art work!

Sister Aguilar 

Sister Del Valle and Castillo try to imagine their creations

One of the prize-winning pictures

The Necklace given to the sisters as a Christmas gift from the Senior couples


President Henry B. Eyring relates his experience in one of the towers of the Salt Lake Temple.  He was in a room that has seldom, if ever, been used since the Temple was dedicated.   He talks about the expert pioneer craftsmanship and discusses the loving way the craftsmen worked not to be seen of men but as an expression of their love of the Father and His Only Begotten Son.   
That simple story is emblematic of your work in the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center.  Your labor is not to be seen of men—it is rather an expression of your love for the Father and His Only Begotten Son.  How they must look down upon you with approval and love.
 We do not choose where we were called to serve; however, we do choose how we will serve.   Thank you for serving valiantly.
We pray that the choicest blessings of heaven will be yours because of the way you serve: tirelessly, selflessly, carefully, and lovingly.  You are not given to see or to know all of the people whose lives you touch and whose “sights” and “hearts” are lifted to God because of your service.  The Savior, however, knows and He approves. 
We hope that this necklace, a replica of the doorknobs that allow entry into the Salt Lake temple, will remind you of whom you serve, why you serve, and that you do no need the applause of men.  As you wear it close to your heart please know that the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost know you perfectly-observe your service-and smile.

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