One December I saw a clever sign on the marquee of a Christian church: “Christmas is not your birthday!” I got their point, but I still had to disagree because I was born right on December 25th. Despite the drawbacks, my Christmas birthday has always added sparkle to the season and made Christmas joyous. However, for some people Christmas is not the happiest time of the year. Consider the parents waiting in line so their screaming children can see Santa. Think of the store employees who watch people stampede over each other like animals to get the latest electronic gadgets. What about the frazzled teachers who have to deal with children who have been loaded up on sugar since Halloween? Consider the UPS drivers who deal with furious customers when packages arrive late or the airport workers when flights are canceled. In a more serious vein, Christmas is not always happy for those who are alone, far from family, or who had a loved one die in December. I’m afraid “merry and bright” don’t just automatically come with the season. They have to be a conscious choice. Come listen to how we can stay focused on Christ at Christmas and all year. He is the source of enduring joy.
Bradley R. Wilcox is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He is a graduate of BYU and received a PhD from the University of Wyoming. In April 2020 he was sustained as the second counselor for the Young Men's General Presidency. He is the author of several books, including The Continuous Atonement and the BYU devotional address “His Grace Is Sufficient.”
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Department of Ancient Scripture
Brother Bradley R. (Brad) Wilcox was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency on April 4, 2020. Brad is a professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Af…
Brother Bradley R. (Brad) Wilcox was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency on April 4, 2020. Brad is a professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile and later returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003-2006. He and his family have also lived for a time in New Zealand and Spain where he directed study abroad programs for Brigham Young University. Brad has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board from 2009-2014. He and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren. Reading, writing, teaching, and traveling are some of his favorite things. He loves Peanut M&M's and pepperoni pizza, but he realizes that doesn't sound too healthy so he is really trying hard to learn to love salads.
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