Archive for November 2012
Think for a moment, if you will, of someone you know who is truly happy. We’ve all met those who seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than others; they laugh more than others—just being around them makes us happier as well.
Let me suggest it is because they have an attitude of gratitude.
Now think of the person you first thought of again and grade on this principle: Does he or she live in thanksgiving daily? Those who live in thanksgiving daily are usually among the world’s happiest people. And they make others happy as well. Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love.
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.
Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.
Consider what you are grateful for. Count your blessings, if you will, and see if it doesn’t warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.
May we all strive to have an attitude of gratitude every day and let this Thanksgiving Day start us down that path.
Have a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!
- Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks (dailymuse.spiritlightinsight.com)
- You Should Be Grateful? (thoughtsinorder.wordpress.com)
- Thanksgiving is the time to follow up on those feelings of gratitude for all we have ~ Reed (2rqod.wordpress.com)
It’s been called the Mormon moment.
Mitt Romney’s run at the Presidency brought renewed attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from around the country and around the globe. The “moment” brought positive and uplifting dialogue along with negative, demeaning, and stereotypical discussion along all forms of media.
But for Mormons it’s never been about a moment, but a series of moments seen and unseen for 182 years now. Moments where the desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ are put into motion through action.
The Savior said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He also taught that the first and great commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. …And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, take those simple instructions to heart and if they are living their faith their actions will show it.
This short film shot in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy exemplifies what Mormons believe.
That faith without works is dead.
- Mormon Helping Hands (ireport.cnn.com)
- The 10 Best Stories About the ‘Mormon Moment’ – Articles (religionnews.com)
- ‘Mormon moment’ ends with a loss – but Romney’s religion still won – Articles (religionnews.com)