“The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
This exiting message, delivered by an angel, was the long awaited and anticipated news that the Messiah had finally come. Isaiah promised, like many before him, that the Messiah would “swallow up death in victory” and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces”. : And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us”. (Isaiah 25: 8-9)
It had been promised since the beginning of time that the coming Messiah would claim victory over the grave and then all the sons and daughters of God could have confidence of life after death.
We are blessed to know that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah, the Christ that broke the bands of death when he completed the sacred Atoning sacrifice. This fulfilled the prophecy that he would wipe away all tears. There would no longer be despair at the passing of a loved one, but hope in a sacred reunion after death.
As authorized representatives of Christ, you good Elders and Sisters, have the same privilege allotted to you as did the angel, to declare the good news that Jesus is the Christ and that all should come unto Him, be perfected in him and find the joy that comes from following Him into the waters of baptism.
You, like the angel, know more about the Plan of Salvation than most that walk the earth. You therefore, having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, have a sacred responsibility placed upon you to solemnly declare the divinely revealed truth that Jesus will come again and fulfill all righteousness. You, like the angel need to declare to “all people”, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is restored to the earth in its fullness and by making and keeping sacred covenants and receiving His ordinances, all can enjoy the fruits of resurrection and the promise of eternal life.
Sister Perry and I wish you a Merry Christmas and are very grateful to be associated with you, in such a sacred and divine work.