Many stake members joined the Rodriguez Family and others for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Dec 10. Janae Rodriguez was given the keys to the house, and then stake members helped her and her daughters move in—finally home for Christmas. President Moon emphasized the service and human warmth of the project, and how fitting it was that it culminated at Christmastime. He observed that when we remember our real home is with our Father in Heaven, and we yearn for and serve Him through the holiday season, it gives special meaning to the sentiment, “I’ll be home for Christmas.”
These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever. (D&C 76:62)
From December Newsletters:
Even with months of effort and care from our volunteers, until this month, the house has been just an empty shell. Without people living inside, it isn’t complete. Once the family moves in, however, their activity, energy, and spirit will fill the house and make it a home, a place full of life—which has been the purpose of the project all along.
Similarly, our bodies are not finished without our spirits, and the power of God connects them to make us complete. The scriptures talk about the idea of “quickening,” where the Spirit binds body and spirit to create an eternal, living soul. The idea of quickening goes beyond that as well: although we may be “alive” by definition—a spirit in a body—the quickening of the Holy Spirit brings life to our spirits, giving us light, meaning, and fullness. To be whole and complete, we need God in our lives.
And the power of my Spirit quickeneth all things. (D&C 33:16)
Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. (Psalms 119: 159)
We expect to start painting at the end of this week. As we paint and finish a polished new home, we can ponder the many gospel themes of being made new through Christ.
First, through Christ our natural selves are remade. We may have the same frame and structure, but we are completed and given a new purpose. Second, Christ invites us to seek daily renewal through activities that connect us to His spirit. Repentance also gives us a way to be renewed, like having a fresh coat of paint, no longer marred by the scratches and marks of the world. Finally, we look forward to the resurrection, when we will all be restored and made new again, as will the entire earth.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Everything emerging again after weeks of rain, fresh and new.
“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:4)