Thanksgiving...A day in which many people from every culture, creed, race and color unite in a humble prayer to give God their out most gratitude. A day in which meals are prepared with much devotion, where families unite and children laugh in a day full of love.
Gratitude is a divine principle. It nutures the heart and soul, uniting us to the Savior and His Spirit.
Gratitude is a positive experience that comes from recognizing gifts or blessings and feeling thankful. It is also an attitude, a way of perceiving life, in which individuals are willing to receive and acknowledge the beneficial actions of others on their behalf. Those who consistently display such an attitude are said to have a grateful disposition. Gratitude is also a habit that can be cultivated, causing one to focus on the blessings of life. Finally, gratitude can be defined as a coping response to challenging or difficult circumstances....Vaugh E. Worthen
The Lord declared through a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith:
“Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things. …And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things. In the Book of Mormon we are told to “live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which God doth bestow upon you. Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings." The 2010 Address, "The Divine gift of Gratitude...Thomas S. Monson.
A constant expression of gratitude should be included in all our prayers. Often prayers are given for specific blessings which we, in our incomplete understanding, believe we need. While the Lord does answer prayers according to His will, He certainly must be pleased when we offer humble prayers of gratitude....Elder Steven Snow
On this beautiful day, give thanks for everything God has blessed you with. These are some of the things I am grateful for: my family, my job, the gospel, the Atonement, my home, ice cream, chocolate, water, heat, AC, music, the power of writing and reading, the gift of life, my children, cookies, apple pie, for truth & knowledge, our Mormon pioneers, our early settlers for bringing us the first Thanksgiving.
Have a blessed day.