Dallin Crump

Christmas

It has become a tradition in my family to watch the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street around Thanksgiving. It’s one of the things we do to kick off the Christmas season. We watched it this evening.

My favorite quote from this film is from Kris Kringle himself:

If you can’t accept anything on faith, then you are doomed to a life dominated by doubt.

This reminded me of a quote from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. Faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith. We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

At times I have grappled with doubt like everyone else, but I refuse to live a life dominated by it. I choose to have faith in something – in someone: Jesus Christ. I join with millions this Christmas season to celebrate His humble birth.

Merry Christmas!


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We know that many families in our community have been hit hard by layoffs, inflation, and other dire circumstances. I talked about it with my wife and son and we decided that we are in a position to give. We want that to be our focus this Christmas.

Instead of doing our usual gift exchanges with our immediate and extended families, we have decided to help Utah Families Feeding Families, a local non-profit dedicated to helping families that may not qualify for government assistance, but still have legitimate needs. Every Christmas they organize a gift drive for children whose families do not qualify for Sub for Santa, The Giving Tree, Toys For Tots, etc. We have signed up to help three children.

It's completely anonymous – we don't know who they are and they don't know who we are. We selected from a list of hundreds of children which included some basic details like their age, gender, clothing sizes, needs, and interests. We are asked to give each child both a few things they need and a few things they want.

I selected Child 267, a 10-year-old boy who sounds extremely bright and has some special needs. I had more fun than I thought I would as I shopped for some of his gifts online today. I tried to put myself in his place and imagine how I would feel opening his gifts for Christmas. I hope it's a magical day for him.

I'm sure my wife and son are having similar experiences thinking about and shopping for their children.

Those who are sponsoring children purchase and drop off their gifts to Families Feeding Families (FFF) by December 5th, then they have a massive “wrapping party” to wrap all of the gifts and ensure every child on their list is accounted for.

After Christmas, the families of the children write anonymous thank-you notes which are posted in the FFF Facebook group. It's great to hear about the child's and their families' reactions to the gifts they receive – but especially to know of the joy and help they bring.

I'm not writing this “for the Gram” (for recognition or validation), but to highlight the work of a charitable organization and show one of many examples of the good being done in the world – people coming together to give and to help those in need. And also with the intention of inviting you, the reader, to consider looking for ways to give in your local community if you are in a position to do so – at Christmas and any time.

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