The Importance of Giving Thanks

We've been asked to spearhead our ward/community Thanksgiving Dinner this year. We've worked with a few of the other leaders to plan and prepare and make this a meaningful event for many who are far from home or relatives or country.

In our preparations we've been poignantly reminded of how important it is for us to GIVE THANKS.

Elder Wirthlin shared this reminder:

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.
You might be surprised to know that gratitude is a commandment of the Father. “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7), the Lord has commanded in these latter days. Even further, He has admonished that “in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments” (D&C 59:21).
In the Book of Mormon we learn that we should “live in thanksgiving daily” (Alma 34:38). Isn’t that a wonderful thought to live in thanksgiving daily? Can you imagine how your life would improve if you lived in thanksgiving daily? Can you imagine how your life would improve if others did the same? Do you think the world would be a happier place? less stressful? less angry? more spiritual?

As we've pondered these words we're been touched to remember that we need to live thankfully every days; for the people, the blessings, the miracles, the challenges, the trials, the opportunities etc. We always have so much to be grateful for because we have the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ; which no one can take away from us and which are more valuable than gold or any earthly possession.

We are truly and humbly and deeply grateful for all the Lord has done for us and pray each day that we may represent Him well, and share His love with others' who don't know it yet.

We love you!

Our Spanish-speaking district. We love each of these Elders SO MUCH!!!



  1. Great picture! Good luck with the Thanksgiving dinner. We have much to be thankful for do we not!?!? It is wonderful to ponder and be thankful for our blessings!!

    1. Thank you! Yes, we do. And, it's easy to 'forget' if we don't continually strive to remember. It's been a good reminder to us as we read the article by Elder Wirthlin. What a GREAT message he's given to us. Love to you both! Hope you enjoy a day of Thanks. :)


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