One of my favorite Christmas traditions began decades ago when I was a young missionary in Germany. At Christmastime my companion and I were invited to celebrate with members and enjoy Bauernfrühstück (farmer’s breakfast), a hearty German dish.

This Christmas tradition always reminds me of the wonderful people I served among on my mission and has remained a part of my life to this day.

While our children were growing up, we created our own recipe and prepared delicious Bauernfrühstück every year on Christmas Eve. Our family made these baked omelets with potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, ham, sausage, cheese, and a variety of vegetables. Our children are now grown with families of their own, but they still carry on this tradition. I mention this as a very small example of the lasting impact serving a mission has had on my life.

As Susan and I offer prayers of gratitude for missionaries serving throughout the world this Christmas season, we realize many missionaries may be in circumstances that are quite different from what they had envisioned. But inviting souls to come unto Jesus Christ—the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace—will enable them to come closer to Him as well. The daily pattern of coming to know and “hear Him” that they are developing now can have a lasting impact throughout their lives.

And for all of us, regardless of our circumstances or seasons of life, may we remember today—and every day—that He invites each of us to come unto Him. He is the Light of the World.