by Terri Wagner
Usually every year at Christmas I think of a gift I can give back to my Savior for all He has done for me. This is the first year, I'm glad to say, that not only did I remember the gift but did it. It brought me closer to Him in all the ways that can mean so much.
Encouraged by this success, I have another gift in mind for this coming year. My gifts are always suppose to be a year long as a reminder all year of this special time of year. (Was that too many years?) This one will be easy to remember but I fear much harder to do...since it requires doing something I'm not particularly good at...visiting teaching.
In a small branch, your list almost always includes those not active and you never know what kind of reception you'll get. Perhaps because of the way I found the gospel (through the Osmonds), I have never been comfortable "pushing" myself that way.
But the Savior never pushes does He? He simply invites and hopes we will take advantage of His offer. So that will be my perspective this year...that I am inviting, caring, concerned (which I am) and hoping the less active will let me in.
Does anyone else have this "Gift-to-the-Savior" tradition? I started it years ago because of a young VT who was afraid to visit me because I seemed so much more accomplished than her. I wasn't, but she didn't realize that until we got to know one another better. She suggested this tradition in her first real visit to me. I loved it then. I love it now.
I love ANWA, and while I can't do as much as I would like to do (i.e., critique), I am grateful for Marsha for creating this network and Valerie Foy for getting me involved. I love blogging and hope everyone gets as much out of it as I do.