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Moroni 7:45-47

45. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoke, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 

46. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which the greatest of all, for all things must fail-

47. But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. 

Family Traditions

I want to share an experience where I was really putting my faith to work and practicing more charity, the pure love of Christ.

With it being the year 2020 and we all don’t know when things are going back to normal, I would still like to create some type of normality and magic during this Christmas season for my family. 

Each year we visit Santa at Cabela’s, it’s a fun family tradition. My husband especially likes it to look at all the fun toys for him. 😉

Because of the pandemic we knew that going to see Santa would have some restrictions, like needing to wear a mask and social distancing. 

Once we got there it was more than what we thought it would be. 

Santa was sitting behind a glass wall with a face shield and we wore our masks. When he would try to talk to us, we could barely hear him. The kids wanted to sit on his lap but instead sat on a bench in front of the glass.  

We smiled and waved. Instead of us telling him what they wanted for Christmas he told them to go over to a table where they could write down what they wanted and put it in a mailbox. Haha

It was pretty silly, I must say. I get it though. We are all doing our best to stay healthy and safe. 

My mom was with us and we showed her what we did to visit with Santa. She was sad as we were all were but understood the distancing we needed to do.

We all agreed that we hope it is different next year and there is some more normality.

As we were leaving my mom walked out in front of us and I needed to stop to go to the bathroom. 

My mom walked by the customer service reps and told them how she wished it was a different experience with Santa but understood the circumstances. She was just expressing her feelings when they spoke to her on her way out.

They said their apologies and she left the store. 

While I walked past them to head to the bathroom I could hear them all say how my mom had some personal problems that they didn’t want to hear about. 

When I walked into the bathroom at first I was sad and hurt by their words. She is my mom and she was expressing her feelings and I know she wasn’t doing it to upset anyone. 

Jesus Christ is Love

As I was in the bathroom and started to think negative thoughts of the customer service reps. I really didn’t want to go about thinking this way. I tried to turn our experience and their words upside down with love. I wanted to think of love and feel love. 

I wanted to feel more charity for them. As far as I know they are most likely really good people that are doing their best but fall short sometimes just like the rest of us. 

I wanted to put my faith to work on this thought. 

All of the three minutes I was in the bathroom I had a quick prayer and conversation with my Heavenly Father on how I can be more understanding and have the pure love of Christ. 

I could feel the spirit impress upon my thoughts to “simply let it go and love them. They really are doing the best they can. Your mom is doing the best she can and so are you.”

After leaving the store I thought of the scriptures above and reviewed them with my family.

As we are all trying to have more charity and act upon it we can start with faith and hope in our Savior.

I believe I was using my faith in Jesus Christ to find answers to my prayers while I was in Cabela’s. 

I thought of the example of Jesus Christ and what he would do. His pure love would be understanding and friendly.

I know that when I have faith that I can be better because of the example of Jesus Christ I will be able to practice the pure love of Christ, charity more.

I will have a stronger desire to not have so many negative thoughts of others but more understanding. 

My Meaning of The Pure Love of Christ

To me, the pure love of Christ (charity) is seeing all of God’s children with grace and understanding. 

It’s being a comfort, friend, and compassionate human being even when we all fall short or are needing a helping hand.

We all need it and that’s why charity is so needed and wonderful. 

Christ sees us individually as who we can become. His love is so pure and reaching. 

I hope I can strive to use faith, hope, and charity to help love others even when someone’s words or actions may or may not be kind. That’s not up to me. 

All I hope to do is to choose love. Charity, the pure love of Christ. 

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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