Count the Churches: Rome Edition










all photos from my christmas trip to rome 2009.


A Christmas Thought

here’s a little thought for today:

there is enough rage and hate in this world. the only way to stop this is through love. you cannot fight fire with fire. you have to extinguish fire with water. so, extinguish rage with love.

“i heard the bells on christmas day
their old familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet the words repeat
of peace on earth, good will to men.

“i thought how, as the day had come,
the belfries of all christendom
had rolled along th’unbroken song
of peace on earth good will to men.

“and in despair i bowed my head:
‘there is no peace on earth,’ i said,
‘for hate is storng and mocks the song
of peace on earth good will to men.’

then pealed the bells more loud and deap:
‘God is not dead nor does He sleep;
the worng shall fail, the right prevail,
with peace on earth good will to men.’

till, ringing, singing, on its way,
the world revolved from night to day,
a voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
of peace on earth, good will to men!”

– Henry Wadsworth Longsfellow (one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.)

photo from here.

A Christmas Thought


Last night was my church’s Christmas Broadcast where the leaders and prophets gave little spiritual thoughts, thoughts to bring us closer to Christ this season. I had some great thoughts after these great messages. You can listen or view the broadcast, which I really recommend if you haven’t already.

The central theme of the program was “Spread the Love.” During this Christmas Season, we should be centered on spreading love, and trying to find Christ in our lives.

It can be so easy to be stressed or distracted by the commercial side of Christmas, or to be frustrated that others distress the meaning of Christmas with whatever. If you feel like this, President Monson’s message will be the one for you.

He shared a beautiful story, that I call “The Story of Gate 67.” It is such a sweet, touching story. I felt my entire body got chills, and I teared up- so much so that they spilled out. I won’t re-tell it, because I wouldn’t do it justice, just listen to President Monson’s message.

I will paraphrase the strong message from the story. I hope it helps us all feel the Christmas Spirit this week: “Hostility and frustration can all disolve into a glow when there is an act of love among strangers.”

Remember that, and spread the love.

ps: i know that a few days back, the link for the Crosby/Bowie song was messed up. it’s all fixed now, so you can go back and listen to it. it is one of my favorite christmas songs, and bing is just so adorable!