In the Christmas movie Elf, Will Farrell plays a human named Buddy that was raised in the North Pole by Santa’s elves. When Buddy grows to adulthood, his adopted father tells him who he really is, and Buddy decides to leave to New York in search of his family.
Naturally, he applies for a job as a Christmas worker in a department store. During his orientation, his supervisor makes an exciting announcement:
“Okay people, tomorrow morning, 10am, Santa’s coming to town.”
Buddy, in a moment you just have to see (it’s easy enough to find on YouTube), screams,
“SANTA!! Oh my gosh! Santa, here? I know him! I know him!”
I love Buddy’s reaction to the announcement that Santa was on his way. Only someone intimately familiar with Santa Claus could get this excited at his impending arrival.
May we all seek to be that familiar with Jesus Christ, our Savior. Whether we’re here when the Savior finally comes again, or we seek his presence in our lives, may we be so intimately acquainted with the Son of God that, when we hear he is on his way, with righteous joy and exhuberance we can exclaim, “I know Him! I know Him!”
What is one thing we can change, today, that will allow us to do this? Moroni tells us,
“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.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure” (Moroni 7:47-48).
What are other things we could do, today?