Dressed in Love

“Dressed in Love,” Ensign, Dec. 2009, 64

Dressed in Love

Walter Ciro Calderón R., Bogotá, Colombia

It was December, the season when people’s feelings are tender as they remember the birth of Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His infinite Atonement.

When I arrived home from work, my three children and my beautiful wife shared with me a decision they had made about Christmas: “There won’t be any need to buy presents this year,” they declared.

Surprised, I asked, “And what brought about this decision?” After all, my children would be sacrificing something they had looked forward to all year.

They immediately went and retrieved my two old, frayed suits. “Daddy,” they said, “with the money we were going to use for Christmas presents, we want you to replace these old suits with a new one. We would like to see you go to work in a new suit!”

I realized that this was the true spirit of Christmas. When we sacrifice something for someone else, we come to understand the meaning of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Later, when I put on the new suit I received for Christmas, I felt that I was dressed in love.