“That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.”
I love this scripture. We need to be grateful in whatever place we are in. This has been very important for me recently.
Within the last two years, my family has moved FIVE times. We moved from Arizona to Hawaii and then we moved to Utah. In Utah we lived in two different houses and a condo. Most recently, we moved from Utah to Massachusetts.
For me this has been quite an adventure, but also a little bit hard. When I am feeling lonely or if I miss friends, I try to think of the many wonderful things I have experienced. When we are grateful for what we have (and what we have experienced) we can have more joy in our lives.
Here are a few things that I have experienced that I am grateful for:
I was blessed to live walking distance to this beautiful bay. (North Shore of Oahu)
We saw this cute baby Hawaiian Monk Seal. We didn’t get too close though, because the mom was close by…..
We had lots of snow to play in while living in Utah, specifically Midway, Utah. (That is near Park City)
We were surrounded by the mountains in Utah.
In Massachusetts, there are so many cute colonial houses.
Although we all can complain about our trials, this does no good. When we rejoice in our blessings, we can be truly happy. This time of year, many are thinking about Christ’s birth. We should not just be thinking about His birth, (that is important though) we should also be thinking about His life and His Atoning sacrifice for us. Because of Christ, we have so many things. He created this earth, He was an example, He atoned for our sins, and was resurrected. I love the Light the World program that the church does, because it encourages us to be like Christ.
This really is the most wonderful time of the year.