Days of Gratitude: Twenty-five

26 12 2008

Jesus Christ

The first time I realized I was ‘very religious’ wasn’t until I was in my twenties. I worked in a mall at a Hallmark store, and one day my co-worker said, “She didn’t come to pick it up yesterday because she’s very religious and doesn’t shop on Sundays.”

I thought—-“Oh! Am I very religious?”

Up until that point, ‘very religious’ had been reserved for the Orthodox Jews who never trimmed the corners of their beards and the people with “Honk if you Love Jesus” bumper stickers on their cars.

I guess I considered myself ‘religious’, but hadn’t yet made the leap into ‘very religious’ until someone else pointed it out to me.

In fact, I hardly gave my religion extra thought at all; it seemed less like a religion and more like my way of life. I had, of course, realized that not everyone believed the way I did, but I hadn’t realized that going to church every week, reading my scriptures every day, and praying multiple times daily thrust me into the ‘very religious’ category.

Sometimes I’m a bit thick-headed.

Christmas, for me, is about celebrating the birth of God’s son through a mortal woman. I love the end of “The Living Christ”, a document drafted by the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles of my church.

“He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”

For Him, today, I am truly thankful.


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5 responses

26 12 2008
mandy

I think that I am the same way. Growing up in Rexburg where it seems like 99 percent of everyone is very religious skews things a little. What a blessing.

26 12 2008
Candice Rail

I agree with Mandy. I am always shocked (in a good way) when I return to Rexburg and find that nearly everyone lives and thinks like I do. Until I left I did not know that that was a special thing.

I love that you used “The Living Christ”. I wonder if there will come a time when that document will be as needed and used as “The Proclamation to the Family”. I say this because when the Proclamation came out, it was ludicrous to me that anyone could believe differently about a family. Now, this document is needed as a standard. Will this happen to “The Living Christ”?

Merry belated Christmas to a great family.

26 12 2008
Tami

I am glad to be associated with such a “very religious” person as yourself, a good example to me!

26 12 2008
moniquel319

My husband once called me a goody goody. That was my eye opening experience. I also think for the first time in my life I was proud to be called a name. I mean if your gonna be something it might as well be a goody goody.

30 12 2008
Mrs. Olsen

amen sister.

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