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November 28, 2020 - Too Much Noise

As Christmas approaches, I realize that some may have concerns and anxiety about the future. There may be a lot of “noise” in your life, more or less constant engagement online without downtime, without time to be quiet and reflect and think, without time to look inside and discern where you are and where you should be going. You may be influenced by unrealistic expectations, such as “perfection should be immediate” or “uninterrupted happiness and success should be the norm in life.”
I hope you will lay aside these misconceptions, dial down the “noise,” and take some time this Christmas season, at least an hour, if not more—to reflect on “the wonder and the majesty of … the Son of God.” Let it be an hour of reassurance and renewal for you.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "Why We Need Jesus Christ", Ensign, December 2020

This goes back to setting aside time each day to reflect, to be mindful, to meditate, to count blessings, even to ponder on the gospel truths and, especially, ponder on what Christ did for each of us collectively and for us individually.

This is a great time to slow down the chaos of everyday life. To focus on why we have this Christmas season in the first place. Who are we celebrating? Why are we celebrating? Who is Jesus Christ to you? How can we better instill His characteristics throughout the entire year, not just the end of the year?

I need to learn to tune out the noise better and not get distracted.

Also, I need to be better at realizing that there are those less fortunate than me, especially during this season. How can I help them? What can I do for them? What would Christ do if He, were here?

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