Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving: Pondering the Privilege

For many months my little family has been a part of a wonderful journey. We have met in our home many times with a wonderful couple and the missionaries on many Friday afternoons and talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have felt the Spirit and learned a lot along the way but we have seen some ups and downs and wondered what the outcome would be. A little over a week ago the outcome was certain as our little family sat in our Stake Center and witnessed a baptism. It was not of an 8 year old child from the ward but of an adult who made the decision to enter the waters of baptism. I have not been to a baptism in a long time and have never witnessed a baptism of a covert. I felt the Spirit so strongly that day and it was strongly confirmed to me once again that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I felt so happy for him and was reminded of how blessed I am to be a member of the Church.

Just a little over a week later in Relief Society on the board was written:

PONDER the privilege it is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I thought back to the baptism and the Spirit that I felt there, I thought back to the Sacrament meeting earlier that morning where he received the Holy Ghost, I thought back to my childhood growing up in a home with the Gospel and again I was reminded of the great blessing it is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have so much and we know so much.

This Thanksgiving season I have so many things to be grateful for, big and small. I am grateful for my sweet family, for the little things that brighten my day like my little boys laughter, and I am especially grateful this year for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful for my testimony. I am so thankful for the guidance that the scriptures, a living prophet, and the gift of the Holy Ghost give me in my life. In a time when the world is chaotic, busy, and wicked I am very grateful to know of God's plan for me and to know what I need to do to make it back to Him.

Enjoy this short video of what other's are thankful for and Count Your Blessings.

What are you thankful for this year?

To watch more videos or to read more on gratitude visit the GRATITUDE Topic Page.


Tony said...

My sentiments exactly.

I suppose that if I were to try to say all that I was thankful for, I could write a book if I really though about it.

That, and there are some things perhaps too sacred to me to share, but needless to say I am eternally grateful for my life on earth and what I have experienced.

The tender mercies of the Lord are continually present throughout my life.

katers said...

LOVED this post and the video! It was a great pick-me-up today. I too am thankful to be a member of this church. Living it's teachings and principles brings me more lasting happiness than anything else in life.

My favorite clip on the video was the guy who was thankful for "future opportunities" and the guy who was thankful for a bed, even though he didn't have one yet. Isn't that interesting? To be thankful for what you don't have yet, but hope to have? I love it.