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Thank others for their inspiring words… Many of you may know my wife, Lisa, and may have thought she was a widow in the ward. Well, I am the other half that gets to visit with the 4th ward each week while she takes the punishment from Bryn and other children (I don’t want them to think they are always angels) during sacrament meeting. I want her to know how much I love her, and know of the sacrifice it is for her that I have the calling I do at this time.
Thank you sweetheart, I am grateful to you for your service of being such a great mother, homemaker, tutor, friend, and on and on… I wish to express my gratitude for the opportunity I have to speak to the R. C. 6th ward. It has been a marvelous blessing to work with the Stake Leaders, and to meet so many great members within the Stake boundaries. My stewardship consists of the Stake Relief Society, Provident Living or Welfare program (Deseret Industries, canning, etc. ), and Employment. I appreciate the opportunities I have to serve and the blessing that come into my life by doing so.
I recently attended a training/orientation meeting at the Harrisville D. I. and learned that the program offers more than just good, clean, affordable clothing and merchandise. At the D. I. , they have programs for folks that are out of employment, who if follow 6 week program, are placed in great jobs. They even offer Technical school training for those who qualify which is paid for from the proceeds from Deseret Industries. Imagine that, a self-funded operation that offers so much to the community from donated items from that very same community.
Not only does each D. I. ffer a great opportunity for the community in which they reside, but clothing that is not sold will be shipped to the Humanitarian storehouse in Salt Lake City where the clothing is bundled into 1000lb bales and shipped all over the world for those in need. It’s another testimony builder for me to see such a well-organized effort that is fully self-sustained. People are in much need back East for clothing, materials, and supplies and a way to donate to an organization where you know 100% of your donation goes to those in need. If possible, donate what you can to the Humanitarian program.
By doing so, you are serving your fellow man, and you will receive a blessing in your heart knowing and confirmed by the Holy Ghost that you have served your Lord as stated in Mathew 25:40 – And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Topical Guide – Gratitude; see also thankful, thanks, thanksgiving. I wish to share a thought, or even a prayer, from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Taking a scientific look at Gratitude- Melanie Greenberg has her Ph. D. in Psychology has stated this of Gratitude: Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice. It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.
Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things. Below are some of my favorite quotes about gratitude to help inspire you and deepen your thinking about finding an enduring place for gratitude in your own life. Bottom of Form Gratitude Quotes 1. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ” – Marcel Proust 2. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder 3. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy  4. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer  5. The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.? — William James 6. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. “? — Oprah Winfrey 7. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ” – Epictetus How to Bring Gratitude into Your Life To begin bringing gratitude into your life, you can deliberately meditate on all the things in your own life that help you or make your life more abundant. You can also write a gratitude diary, posting pictures and writing about the things you feel grateful for each day.
The holidays are a great time to express your gratitude to friends and family by writing cards and exchanging thoughtful, personal gifts. Baking cookies for neighbors or sharing food with the poor are other ways to express appreciation for the abundance of food that we have in this country. Gratitude can lead to feelings of love, appreciation, generosity, and compassion, which further open our hearts and help rewire our brains to fire in more positive ways. Thoughts on material goods I especially like Oprah Winfrey’s thoughts on gratitude.
If we are constantly trying to attain and reach for the things we don’t have to bring happiness into our lives, we will never have enough, and will commit our lives to the endless journey of searching for material things to fill the void in our lives. Gratitude thoughts from Church leaders These meaningful gratitude quotes, from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remind us how we need to be grateful to God for all things. I especially like the first gratitude quote on gratitude for the atonement.
Gratitude for the Atonement As President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) observed: ‘One of the greatest sins, both in magnitude and extent… is the sin of ingratitude. When we violate a commandment, no matter how small and insignificant we may think it to be, we show our ingratitude to our Redeemer. It is impossible for us to comprehend the extent of his suffering when he carried the burden of the sins of the whole world…. If we really understood and could feel even to a small degree, the love and gracious willingness on the part of Jesus Christ to suffer for our sins we would be willing to repent of all our transgressions and serve him'” (Wolfgang H.
Paul, “Gratitude for the Atonement,” Ensign, Jun 2007, 15–17). Thomas S. Monson states of gratitude: An Attitude of Gratitude “This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help. “We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.
If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues” (Thomas S. Monson, “An Attitude of Gratitude,” Ensign, May 1992, 54). Sabbath: a Day of Thanksgiving “This Sabbath day has been designated as a day of thanksgiving, a day of gratitude—even a day of prayer. We pause, we ponder, we reflect on the blessings an all-wise Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us, His children, by bringing peace to the battlefield of war and comfort to the hearts of so many in this wonderful world where we live and which we call home” (Thomas S. Monson, “Never Alone,” Ensign, May 1991, 59).
With All our Heart “It’s so easy in life for us to receive blessings, many of them almost uncounted, and have things happen in our lives that can help change our lives, improve our lives, and bring the Spirit into our lives. But we sometimes take them for granted. How grateful we should be for the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into our hearts and souls. I would remind all of you that if we’re ever going to show gratitude properly to our Heavenly Father, we should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—because it was He who gave us life and breath” (David B.
Haight, “Were There Not Ten Cleansed? ,” Ensign, Nov 2002, 24). Gratitude = Humility “Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief….
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil. Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “‘With All Thy Getting Get Understanding’,” Ensign, Aug 1988, 2–5). A Successful Mode of Living “As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us. President J. Reuben Clark, formerly a First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: ‘Hold fast to the blessings which God has provided for you. Yours is not the task to gain them, they are here; yours is the part of cherishing them’ (Church News, 14 June 1969, 2)” (James E.
Faust, “Gratitude As a Saving Principle,” Ensign, Dec 1996, 2). Gratitude: Mark of a Noble Soul “Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable…. “If we only look around us, there are a thousand reasons for us not to be happy, and it is simplicity itself to blame our unhappiness on the things we lack in life. It doesn’t take any talent at all to find them.
The problem is, the more we focus on the things we don’t have, the more unhappy and more resentful we become” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, “‘Live in Thanksgiving Daily’,” Ensign, Sep 2001, 6). Gratitude through Prayer “Prayer is an essential part of conveying appreciation to our Heavenly Father. He awaits our expressions of gratefulness each morning and night in sincere, simple prayer from our hearts for our many blessings, gifts, and talents. “Through expression of prayerful gratitude and thanksgiving, we show our dependence upon a higher source of wisdom and knowledge—God the Father and his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (Robert D.
Hales, “Gratitude for the Goodness of God,” Ensign, May 1992, 63). Great Men Recognize Greatness of God “Great men have always recognized the greatness of God and their dependence upon him, and they have with regularity rendered to him gratitude and thanksgiving…. “To the Lord Jesus, who bought us with a great price, we owe an undying debt of gratitude. It is impossible for us, weak mortals as we are, to fully comprehend and appreciate the suffering he endured on the cross so that he might gain for us victory over death.
And even less can we understand the suffering he endured in Gethsemane so that we might obtain forgiveness of our sins” (Marion G. Romney, “Gratitude and Thanksgiving,” Ensign, Nov 1982, 49). Ingratitude, One of the Greatest Sins “The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I presume most of us have not thought of that as a great sin. There is a great tendency for us in our prayers and in our pleadings with the Lord to ask for additional blessings.
But sometimes I feel we need to devote more of our prayers to expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings already received. We enjoy so much (God, Family, Country, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co. , 1974, p. 199)” (Ezra Taft Benson, quoted in Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 12-13). Thanksgiving: One of the great commandments is to give thanksgiving to God, for all He has done for us. In Psalms 100:4 we are taught to, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Christ, himself, was the perfect example of obeying this commandment. Here is a list of 5 ways in which we can show thanksgiving to God: 1. Remember Him The first way to show true thanksgiving to God is to always remember Him. Remembering Him means that He is a part of our thoughts, words, and deeds. It is impossible to give gratitude to God if we never think or speak of Him. When we remember Him we are choosing to think, speak, and act as He would have us do. We can also memorize scriptures and quotes on gratitude to help us remember to give thanksgiving to God. 2.
Recognize His Hand To give thanksgiving unto God we must recognize His hand in our lives. What blessings has he given to you? A great idea is to get out a piece of paper (or open a new document) and number your blessings one by one. As you count your blessings be specific. Name individual family members and friends. Think of your life, health, home, city, and country. Ask yourself what, exactly, about your home or country is a blessing? How about your skills, talents, education, and job? Think about those times that seemed like a coincidence, did you overlook God’s hand in your life?
Did you think of God’s greatest gift, His Son, Jesus Christ? You will be amazed at how many blessings you truly have. Now you can show thanksgiving to God for them. 3. Give Thanksgiving in Prayer One way of showing our thanksgiving to God is through prayer. Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said it most eloquently: “Prayer is an essential part of conveying appreciation to our Heavenly Father. He awaits our expressions of gratefulness each morning and night in sincere, simple prayer from our hearts for our many blessings, gifts, and talents. Amulek teaches what to pray for: 7 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;  18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save. 19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him. 20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening. 22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies. 23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness. 4 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them. 25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase. 26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness. 27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you. David B. Haight says: “We should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—because it was He who gave us life and breath” Through expression of prayerful gratitude and thanksgiving, we show our dependence upon a higher source of wisdom and knowledge….
We are taught to ‘live in thanksgiving daily. ‘ (Alma 34:38) (“Gratitude for the Goodness of God,” Ensign, May 1992, 63). Even if you’ve never prayed before, you can learn how to pray. All are invited to give thanksgiving to God in prayer. 4. Keep a Gratitude Journal An excellent way to show thanksgiving to God is by keeping a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is more than just a list of your blessings, but a way to record what God has done for you on a daily basis.
In General Conference Henry B. Eyring talked about keeping just such a record: “As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done. ” (“O Remember, Remember,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 66–69). I have been keeping my own gratitude journal. It has been a wonderful blessing and has helped me to show thanksgiving to God! 5. Repent of Sins
Repentance alone is an amazing blessing for which we should give thanksgiving to God, yet it is one of the most powerful ways in which we can show unto Him our gratitude. Elder Hales also taught this principle: “Gratitude is also the foundation upon which repentance is built. “The Atonement brought mercy through repentance to balance justice…. Repentance is essential to salvation. We are mortal—we are not perfect—we will make mistakes. When we make mistakes and do not repent, we suffer. ” Not only does repentance cleanse us of our sins but it makes us worthy to receive additional blessings, which the Lord is eager to bestow upon us.
Remember, when making a new goal you are in fact making a decision to do (or not do) something and as Yoda said to Luke Skywalker, “Do or do not. There is no try” (“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”). You can do it. Believe in yourself, because God believes in you! Be Thankful Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge Because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you’re tired and weary Because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. Author Unknown

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