Someday we will meet Jesus and feel His profound love for us. Until then, we have many lessons to learn. There are going to be both smooth days and rough days throughout our lives, but the Lord has commanded us repeatedly to “be of good cheer.”
God’s beauties of the earth are all around us and He wants us to find them and feel gratitude for them. All we have to do is open our eyes to see them or our ears to hear them.
Brothers and sisters, gratitude is a heavenly, spiritual gift and a spiritual force in our lives. May we have hearts that can feel, ears that can hear, and eyes that can see our blessings and live in continual gratitude toward God and those around us.
As wonderful as modern technology is, it still pales in comparison to God’s power and ability. We get to view the wonders of the universe; He gets to create them.
All of you are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. He loves you and has given you many blessings to help you build a testimony of Him and His teachings. Find your gifts and talents, acknowledge them in the spirit of thankfulness, develop them, and use them to serve others as well as His kingdom.
BYU and its graduates—you—excel in almost every category and consideration. I am convinced that we will never forget our significant debt and will ever recognize the privilege it is to be part of this grand and heaven-blessed institution.
As you leave your alma mater, you’ll carry many fond memories of your years on this campus. You’ll recall the long hours of hard work in the library and the lab, the sound of the national anthem in the morning and evening, and the teachers and the friends who have enriched your life.
If you ever have doubts—and of course you will—just remember this quotation from Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
By living with a spirit of thanksgiving we will become happier. Opening our eyes to the beauty around us will help foster gratitude in our lives.
Gratitude is central to the service that we give and receive. By expression or action, gratitude is also essential to our faith.
Russell M. Nelson shares his testimony of the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, who exemplified the virtues of love, knowledge, and worship.
Much of our happiness depends not on what we have, but on our gratitude for it. Contentment is not complacency. It is a gift that brings lasting joy.
Many of us suffer from ingratitude, which deprives us and others of meaningful blessings. By taking steps to develop gratitude, we will be happier.
Truly, if we love God, we will serve him now, and give thanks now.
President Lee reflects on how the untimely deaths of two close friends, plus his own battle with cancer, have given him a new appreciation for life.
Witness to Our Thankfulness In an essay called “The Art of Living,” Wilfred Peterson has written: The art of thanksgiving is thanks-living. It is gratitude in action. . . . It is thanking God for the gift of life by living it triumphantly. . . . It is thanking God for opportunities by accepting them as a challenge to achievement. . . . It is thanking God for inspiration by living to be an inspiration…
Several years ago a close friend wrote a provocative little book that she entitled What Think You of Christmas? With all due credit to my friend, I’d like to pose the question to you: “What think you of Thanksgiving?” Is Thanksgiving celebrated in your home as a significant religious holiday, or is it a day filled with food, football, and plans to begin really serious Christmas shopping? It is symptomatic of our…
A special day set aside for thanksgiving seems very appropriate, although we should always be thankful for our blessings. The Lord suggests—even more than suggests, He commands—that we should be thankful for all things. For example, in a modern revelation reiterating in our day some of the basic commandments given through Moses, we read, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7). A few verses later…
My dear brothers and sisters. I am very grateful for the privilege accorded me to address you on the eve of the important Thanksgiving recognition we give to this Thursday’s holiday. I am confident that I am the most blessed of you all, as I have been privileged to be a member of the administrative staff of BYU for the past thirty years. It has brought important and special responsibilities…
Elder Jacob de Jager enumerates just some of the blessings we receive by being part of BYU. Count your blessings frequently, and strive to live up to them.
W. Rolfe Kerr encourages us to take a moment to express gratitude for the things that count in life, especially our friends, our freedoms, and our families.
We are indebted to the Lord, and I trust that as we approach Thanksgiving Day, we will make it more than a day of recreation and pleasure by reflecting on what we owe the Lord for the blessings that are ours.
Instead of shying away from the responsibilities of the gospel and family, learn to count your blessings and see these as privileges and opportunities.
Appreciation for what’s done for us is a great virtue—one that we need to understand and practice if we would get the most out of life.
Thanksgiving is a time for remembering the good gifts of every day. Each time this day draws near the hearts of mankind are joined in grateful praise.
The commemoration of Thanksgiving ought to last 365 days in the year. Let us do a little homework and think of those things we ought to be thankful for.
Appreciate life. Appreciate and respect others. Appreciate your own spiritual heritage. Appreciate humility, responsibility, and keeping pledges.
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Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize how lucky we are to have so many blessings in our lives - especially the gospel of Jesus Christ.
After inviting Louise Lake to bear her testimony on the importance of gratitude in our trials, Adam S. Bennion counsels students to keep an upward reach toward heaven. Keep your spiritual channel open to receive God's revelations and blessings.
Richard L. Evans encourages students to be thankful and optimistic, trusting that many blessings await them despite the challenges of the world.