In listening to President Nelson a couple of weeks ago I reflected on the many things for which I am grateful.

Family and friends, health and strength, basic necessities of life, and my relationship with a loving Heavenly Father and Savior, just to name a few,

Recently I was searching for a picture of Jesus Christ to purchase. I wanted a picture that would be different than most and would mean something to me. After sifting through many pictures, I found a painting of Jesus Christ that really touched me. It was a print originally painted by Greg Olsen called “Worlds Without End”.

The picture is of the Savior of the world looking at the beautiful universe. It opened my mind. I have always been fascinated with astronomy and the universe so it caught my attention. This picture reminds me to focus and ponder on the big picture.

While always dealing with the challenges of life we need to remember the “big picture” which is to live our lives in such a way to return to Heavenly Father with honor

In searching for this picture I came across several nativity scenes. These pictures reminded me of how thankful I am that Christ came to earth to teach by example and show others kindness. It is always so interesting to me how people in general during the Christmas season seem to be more courteous, more reflective, and more understanding.

My non-scientific theory for this kinder attitude is that we are able to stop our busy lives, think of others more, and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ and His life.

Whatever the reason it is just great to see the nicer side of humanity.

I want to share a couple of quotes from my mission president, Reed L. Reeves, that I often think about at this time of year. In a time where common sense tends to be an endangered species, the first quote from President Reeves is more true now than it was 40+ years ago.

His quote was “The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes sense anymore.” I am grateful for the anchor the gospel is in my life in a world that is in so much commotion.

The last quote I first heard from President Reeve but have a feeling he did not originate because I have heard several times since.

The quote is “Wise Men (people) still seek Him.” As I see wise people in my life that seek Jesus Christ I tend to see people with happiness, joy and peace with a clear understanding of life.

Two quotes that have meaning to me at this time of year.

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and wish the best for you and your family.

Warm Regards,

Randy Plotkin