Monday, December 7, 2015

A Savior is Born - Green Hills, Tennesee

Hello sentient, carbon-based life forms

You know how they always say that the grass is greener on the other side. Well it is true. I mean literally. Elder Tolman and I were sitting at the bus stop in front of our apartment and noticed this. The grass is actually, in-fact greener on the other side of the road. To be sure of it we went over there and looked back to observe that it was no illusion -- the grass is yellower on our side of the road. So yea there is that. 

Anyway it is the Christmas season and that is awesome. Being a missionary at Christmas is great because we can go Christmas caroling and then everybody lets us into their house. We get cookies and hot chocolate and all sorts of fantastic things. The greatest part is this wonderful new Christmas video called A Savior is Born. You can find it on Every one of you should go watch that video. It is only two minutes long and I just gave you the link in this fancy email. Your computer/tablet/cell phone will work perfectly in allowing you to see the video just by clicking on the blue text. So you have absolutely no excuse to not watch it. I'm being serious here. 

Then after you watch the amazing video and feel the spirit (I can promise you will) take very seriously the invitation at the end. Discover and ponder why the Savior was born. What does his birth and life mean to you personally. Once you have done that I can promise you will be filled with peace and love and the spirit. Now. Doesn't that feel wonderful? Wouldn't it be great if those you care about could also feel this same wonderful way? Wouldn't it just make someone's life better if they took a minute to think about the Savior in their life? Yes. It would. Go and share the video with a friend or family member. Tell other people about it. Spread the joy of Jesus Christ and Christmas. Try to show at least one person the video before Christmas Eve. 

Anyway Christmas is awesome. 

We have the best Christmas decorations ever
thanks to a wonderful mother and friends.

Also Elder Tolman loves tortillas.

The coolest thing happened this week. We got to go to the hospital to give a blessing. But this time it was for a new mother and her infant. We got to see the baby just after it was born and she was so cute. I'm glad that the birth went well considering all of the complications they were facing. Thanks to an amazing fire department and hospital staff, little Emma is going to grow up and be adorable. It's so cool thinking that a whole new person entered the world. I can't even imagine the potential she has. The whole experience was fantastic. Even just the entire fourth floor was full of happy energy and smiling faces. There were baby pictures on all the walls and cute wallpaper. Everyone we talked to was looking forward with joy. It was so much better than our usual hospital trips. Anyway I just thought that was a remarkably fitting way to begin the Christmas season. 

I don't want to end this letter with any deep study questions or pondery things, but rather I want to bear my testimony of what the Savior's birth means to me. Jesus Christ lived and died so that I can be cleansed of all sin and return to my father in heaven; His atonement makes it possible for me to live again. However the joy does not stop there. Thanks the the ordinances of the priesthood after His Holy Order, I can do so with a family that is sealed together. Because of Him, I can have happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come with those I love most. And I can come to love and serve those I care about most in the same way He does with the help of His Priesthood and Charity. I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and the Savior of the world. I know that He lives and is the very son of God. In His holy name, amen.

With love,
Elder Liam Clark Basham


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