Monday, December 9, 2013

Celebrating the Savior with a Snow Day of Service

During the 2013 Christmas Devotional last night, Elder Ronald A. Rasband challenged us to celebrate the Savior with something more than just shopping and decorating our homes.  He asked us to instead to worship the Savior by serving and bringing peace into the lives of others.

In a busy holiday season, it can be hard to fit service in to our regular schedule.  With some planning, though, it is possible.  We had a surprise snow day today, which means no school!  With a free, unscheduled day, we decided to take Elder Rasband's advice to heart.

We started by making a list of little ways that we can bring peace and happiness to others--things we could even do from our snowed-in home.

Here are some things that we came up with:

Write thank you notes to family and friends.
Shovel our neighbors' driveway.
Make a Christmas paper chain for the Elders.
Draw a picture for a friend.
Call Grandma.
Take cookies to an elderly neighbor.
Go Christmas caroling.
Be kind to our siblings.
Smile and say hello to people.
Sincerely compliment others.
Bear testimony of Jesus.

With our list of ways we will celebrate the Savior in view, we can now start working on honoring him today during the Christmas season and every day of the year.


  1. what a great idea. we woke up to frozen water pipes in our's 0 degrees here in the desert! My hubby will be doing service for us today.

  2. What a great idea! Does talking the priests who came to shovel your walk into shoveling the walk of the elderly lady next door count as service? At 8 months preggo and counting, my choices are limited, but you've given some great ideas here. Thank you!

  3. I love your list; you are doing a wondrous service with your children. You really are teaching them the true meaning of the Christmas Season; Love and Service.
    Blessings and hugs for all!