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Peace on Earth

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." -Luke 2

I've been touched by two stories this Christmas season. One was told By Elder Monson at the First Presidency Christmas devotional. He told of a US ship during one Christmas in WWII which saw a German submarine near them, and panicked as they were not prepared for an attack. The German sub spelled-out a message in morse code, and to the sailors' amazement it was 'Merry Christmas'. The submarine then left.

The second was told by Elder Faust in the December Ensign again in WWII of a group of Japanese Christians who bridged the gap between enemies. My husband gave a talk earlier in the year based around some experiences he had in Israel this summer. He told a wonderful story of a Palestinian lady who learnt Christ-like love for her enemies.

I'm encouraged that Christ can make a difference in our lives, and what better time of year to follow His example and do something for others; to be bringers of peace on earth. What better time of year to worship Him, and proudly declare "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (December 21, 2004 3:44 PM) 

The boys at View from the Foyer dispute the submarine story. Lee Maloy's story was actually featured in the Deseret News a few years ago. Who knows? 

Posted by Ronan


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (December 27, 2004 2:05 PM) 

I would say that after the whole thing with Paul H. Dunn, they are pretty careful anymore to make sure the stories they tell are more accurate.

I am sure if they didn't there would be plenty of folks eager to spread the hoohah on the internet and other places that the Mormons are lying...again. 

Posted by Jake


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