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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude at Thanksgiving Time

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Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time for us to stop and ponder on all the blessings in life.  Whether you believe in God or not, whether you are a Christian or a Jew, or Buddhist or Muslim, we all have something we can be grateful for.  Here are a few quotes to help us get in the Thanksgiving mindset.  

"God gave you a gift of 86400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say thank you?"       -William Arthur Ward
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"And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."     -D&C 78:19

"Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead."       -C.S. Lewis
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it  is like wrapping a present and not giving it."       -William Arthur Ward
"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 
"We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count."       -Neal A. Maxwell 
"When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,  When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,  Count your many blessings name them one by one,  And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. 
  Are you ever burdened with a load of care?  Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?  Count your many blessings; every doubt will fly,  And you will be singing as the days go by.
  When you look at others with their lands and gold,   Think that Christ promised you his wealth untold.   Count your many blessings; money cannot buy  Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.
  So amid the conflict, whether great or small,   Do not be discouraged; God is over all.  Count your many blessings; angels will attend,   Help and comfort give you to your journey's end."     -Johnson Oatman, Jr.
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At Thanksgiving time, along with turkey, stuffing, baked goods, and holiday sales; we hope that we would all take the time to express our gratitude for all the wonderful blessings we enjoy in our lives.  What are you grateful for ?  What are your Thanksgiving traditions in your family to count your blessings?

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