“Charles Dickens, in his immortal A Christmas Carol, depicted the sorrow of opportunities lost. Jacob Marley’s ghost speaking to Ebenezer Scrooge said, ‘…Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunities misused! Yes such was I! Oh! Such was I?’

‘At this time of the rolling year,’ he said, ‘I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowd of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!’

“As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we remember that if we but look, we, too, may see a bright, particular star to guide us to our Christmas opportunity in service to our fellow man.”—Thomas Monson