Monday, November 23, 2020

Gratitude: a Prophet's Message #GiveThanks

 Last week we heard from our prophet, Russell M. Nelson as
His message focused on the importance of GRATITUDE.
 President Nelson invited "everyone for the next seven days—to turn social media
into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you
are grateful for, whom you are grateful for, and why you are grateful.
At the end of seven days, see if you feel happier and more at peace.
Use the hashtag #GiveThanks. Working together, we can flood social
media with a wave of gratitude that reaches the four corners of the
earth...Second, let us unite in thanking God through daily prayer. Jesus Christ
taught His disciples to pray by first expressing gratitude to God and then
petitioning Him for the things we need. Prayer brings forth miracles.
Over my nine and a half decades of life, I have concluded that counting
our blessings is far better than recounting our problems. No matter our
situation, showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast-acting
 and longlasting spiritual prescription.
Does gratitude spare us from sorrow, sadness, grief, and pain? No, but
it does soothe our feelings. It provides us with a greater perspective on
the very purpose and joy of life"

My mind immediately thought about the precious existence of my LIFE!
Never a day goes by that I don't remember how close 
I was to losing it. My heart swells when I think about all
the angels who helped me live and heal.

I love this quote from Elder Jeffery R. Holland:
 "We are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil.
 Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. 
Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods.
 Some of them gave birth to us...Indeed heaven never seems closer
 than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and 
devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the
 only word that comes to mind."

The photo above is my burn team angels surrounding and lifting
 me up from the 
Arizona Burn Center; Deb, Kelly, Connie, and my sister Page.
And I'm also grateful to whoever had the presence
 of mind to keep my toenails painted!

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