My Greatest Christmas Gift I have given, am giving, and will give is sharing the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Greatest Christmas Gift Received
My Greatest Christmas gift received was 60 years ago today (18 December 1959) our first born arrived three weeks early, Shelli Allan Owen. All our other children are great as well, but Shelli was the only one in time for Christmas. What a great joy she has been in our lives, and has helped us immensely in raising our other precious children. In 1977 I was invited to give a lecture about flicker noise or 1/f noise in atomic clocks at an International 1/f Conference in Tokyo, Japan. We left Shelli in charge of the family for two weeks while we enjoyed this amazing cultural and scientific experience.
When we came back, all seven of our children met us at the Denver Airport. What great joy filled our souls as we saw their happy faces. Nathan, our last born, was less than a year old; and he grabbed hold of his mom around the neck and wouldn’t let her go he was so happy to see her! It was a special experience driving back to Boulder in our little Datsun 500 with nine of us in the car with all our luggage! Shelli had done a great job in our absence. She had the children doing work in the morning, and then they would have a special activity in the afternoon.
Regarding my Greatest Gift Given, I learned an incredibly important lesson from the Lord back in 1965, when I was working on my master’s thesis at the University of Colorado. We had gone to Boulder, after graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in physics with a goal to get a PhD and come back to BYU and teach and do research. The Lord had other plans – in His infinite wisdom knowing what would be best for me.
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What is the greatest Christmas gift we can give?
Is it not “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34) Jesus’ ministry is a perfect example before us – continually reaching out to the spiritual and physical needs with his 100% focused-loving service to help the world know Him and Our Father Heaven.
This year the people in the United States are expected to spend $123 billion on Christmas presents; this is like one percent of the national debt, and many will go into debt in doing so. We know there will be a lot of charitable giving and helping the poor and unfortunate, but most of that spending will be otherwise and worshiping the works of men’s hands.
As we celebrate the Savior’s birth, the greatest gift we can give Him is souls – to help them come to know the Father and the Son (John 17:3): “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8) It is not about things.
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Christmas is a wonderful time to share the “Gospel of Good News” and I would like to share a brief account of my conversion to Christ. It has do with my losing most my hearing in my left ear, for which I’m grateful and I will tell you why. First, let me give you a bit of background which taught me that the Lord’s ways are not man’s ways.
After graduating from BYU, I accepted a job at the National Bureau of Standards, where they would pay my tuition to the University of Colorado, if I worked full time. We had a goal to get a doctorate and come back and teach at BYU.
However, I was in no hurry; we were raising our family, were active in the church, and helped build a chapel in Boulder and the Denver West Stake Center in Arvada for our church. I also taught at the university.
In 1965, I was working on my master’s thesis toward understanding how to best use atomic clocks, as they were relatively new at that time. It was a challenging problem, and classical theories were not adequate for the task.
The Lord’s Way
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