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No wonder the scriptures constantly admonish us to “remember.” Here are just a few examples:

-remember the captivity of the fathers and that God delivered them (Alma 36:2)
-remember that we can be saved only through Jesus Christ (Helaman 5)

To remember must be one of the most frequent admonishments in scripture.

The opposite of remembering is forgetting. Too often we are prone to forget the most basic blessings that we have until they are jeopardized. We tend to forget what a great blessing health is until we are ill or injured, or we probably forget how fortunate we are to have a car that runs until it needs repairs, or worse, until it simply won’t work and we then have to find another way to go places. Have you ever had a power outage and out of habit tried to turn on lights? It is enlightening to remember how fortunate we are to have electricity and the many, many blessings that we often take for granted.

I was made painfully aware of the need to remember the blessing of a good, strong back this weekend. After moving some furniture into our basement on Saturday, I have been in fairly constant pain. Walking hurts. Sitting hurts. I can hardly dress myself or do the most simple tasks without experiencing pain. I realize that many people live with much more serious pains and illnesses than I have, but I long for the day when I will be pain-free again.

The moral is to cherish all of the good things that we normally take for granted. If you can walk without pain, be grateful. Try to think (and even write down) all of the blessings that you have that you may not normally even think of. “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

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Christmas is past, obviously, but I still wanted to post some favorite Christmas music.

I really like “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which apparently is very popular in England.  This performance is by Dame Kiri De Kanawa and I chose this particular video because it includes the lyrics which I always find is a nice addition.

Another that I quite enjoy is “El Nino Querido” or “The Beloved Child.” I believe that it originated in Catalonia in Spain. This version is performed by The King’s Singers in Spanish, but I believe the Tabernacle Choir has performed a version in English. Maybe I’ll find and post that one for next Christmas.

Finally, here is a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of “Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing,” a 17th century French carol.

Who says you can’t enjoy Christmas’ beautiful music all year long?