Gratitude

November 24, 2021 09:35 AM MST
As the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we all remind ourselves to focus a little more on the things that we are blessed with in our lives.
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November 23, 2021 09:00 AM MST
“No matter our situation, showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast-acting and long-lasting spiritual prescription.”
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November 16, 2021 08:30 AM MST
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has helped us to find joy and gratitude in every circumstance.
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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November 23, 2020 05:57 PM MST
Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages from General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
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November 23, 2020 12:40 PM MST
Heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of others.
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November 20, 2020 09:50 PM MST
On Friday, November 20, President Russell M. Nelson delivered a special video message of hope and healing that resonated with viewers around the world. In the prophet’s message—which he received inspiration for in the middle of the night—President Nelson spoke about the pandemic, societal issues, and where healing from these challenges can come:
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November 20, 2020 05:46 PM MST
It’s not often that the prophet announces a special video message, but one week ago, President Russell M. Nelson announced that he had received an impression to share a message with the world.
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By  LDS Living
November 20, 2020 05:03 PM MST
As a world-renowned heart surgeon, President Russell M. Nelson is no stranger to offering prescriptions for wellness, but on Friday morning, he offered perhaps his most important prescription ever. Speaking to a world that—though it may feel divided—is united by a need for healing, President Nelson offered two prescribed ways to find it: 1. "Turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal” 2. “Let us unite in thanking God through daily prayer.”
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October 31, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Following a long and painful battle with cancer, my mother recently passed away. After her funeral, we helped my father pack up his belongings and move across the country to live closer to family and receive the support he needed. My childhood home, which my parents had lived in for nearly 45 years, was emptied, cleaned, and placed on the market. It sold quickly to a local contractor. And just like that, the setting for decades of my memories, especially those tender last moments with my mother, had suddenly disappeared.
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October 09, 2020 09:04 PM MDT
Retired Air Force Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, internationally known as the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow, October 10, 2020. After a century of life experience and service, he shared his gratitude and love for life in a recent article for Church News.
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August 27, 2020 07:36 PM MDT
Sheri Dew recently shared her thoughts on grief following the loss of her mother earlier this summer. Dew is a former member of the Relief Society General Presidency who now serves as the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation and the CEO of Deseret Book Company.
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February 01, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in November 2016.
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January 21, 2020 01:03 PM MST
A few years ago, I was inspired to start keeping a gratitude journal. I had been regularly keeping a journal anyway, but I decided to make gratitude a deliberate part of that daily journal entry. Every day, I would take a moment and list a few things I was thankful for. I would ask myself the question:
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November 24, 2019 10:08 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Ed J. Pinegar's book, The Little Book of Gratitude.
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November 22, 2019 07:18 PM MST
While giving an address to LDS Business College students on November 19 in the Assembly Hall at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared three things that we can always be grateful for—regardless of our circumstance.
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November 20, 2019 11:12 AM MST
Editor’s note: This article originally ran in November 2019.
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September 07, 2019 12:16 AM MDT
“No matter how much I do for my children, no matter how much I give, they always want more. They’re demanding and rude if they don’t get their way. There’s no gratitude.”
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May 03, 2019 09:12 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Luke 12-17 andJohn 11. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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March 30, 2019 01:58 PM MDT
Life is messy, and it was orchestrated to be so.
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March 30, 2019 12:01 PM MDT
Every day we are surrounded by miracles, but sometimes we don't see them. The more we look for God’s hand in our lives, the more likely we are to recognize it!
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February 14, 2019 06:48 PM MST
One year ago, Maddy Wilford arrived at Broward Health North Hospital fighting for her life after a gunman opened fire on her and her classmates in Parkland, Florida. Today, the high school senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas is turning tragedy into a chance to bless the lives of others.
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November 22, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Since the official proclamation made by Abraham Lincoln on Oct. 3, 1863, the last Thursday in November has been accepted and observed in the United States as a time of thanksgiving. And many other nations and countries in the world have their designated days and seasons for such an observance as well (see abrahamlincolnonline.org for the full proclamation).
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November 22, 2018 01:21 PM MST
Editor's note: This article originally ran in November 2018.
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November 19, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Can you remember hearing the phrase "enough is enough" in your life? Maybe we don't use it as much as we once did, but I can remember hearing it quite a lot when I was younger. It usually meant, "Stop it! Quit it!" We'd be quarreling or screaming or throwing silverware or whatever, and Mom would say, "Enough is enough!" What might that little phrase mean in terms of "stuff and things"? To have enough is to be satisfied. It's a point at which you consciously realize you have what you need, and you stop wanting, working, and whining for more.
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November 19, 2018 06:58 PM MST
It’s easy to get stuck saying routine prayers with repeated words and phrases. It’s hard not to when you pray every day, even multiple times a day, and it becomes a part of your everyday life. For many Latter-day Saints, learning how to pray is one of the first things you do as a small child. As soon as a child can speak in clear words and small sentences, loving parents help them say their own prayers and teach them the importance of communicating with God on a regular basis.
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By  LDS Living
November 14, 2018 10:06 PM MST
As Thanksgiving day approaches, frenzied preparations for a magnificent feast, rampant thoughts of Christmas preparations, and busy family schedules can take over.
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By  LDS Living
November 07, 2018 06:35 PM MST
Embrace everything you love about fall and get your home Thanksgiving-ready with these delightful decorations centered around family and gratitude.
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June 02, 2018 01:36 PM MDT
When the prophets said the gospel would go to the ends of the earth, they meant it. Guiuan, Samar, a small town in the Philippines, was the farthest away from anywhere that I had ever been. I was approaching the last five months of my mission when I was told that I was transferring to Guiuan, a nine-hour trip by bus and jeep from the mission home. This area was generally known throughout the mission as “outer darkness” because it was so far away from anything. I came to learn that the name held true for a lot of things about Guiuan. I also learned some of the greatest lessons of my life while I was there.
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June 02, 2018 12:02 PM MDT
When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided to break out of my shell and show people I could rap, or that I thought I could rap. So I asked my English teacher, who was also a friend of mine, if he could help me find a time and a place for me to perform a song I had written in front of a small crowd, for starters. He came to me a week later and told me he got me scheduled to perform at an assembly in which the entire school would be attending. I was terrified, but I couldn’t complain because I was given the opportunity I asked for. After I performed my song, and everyone was cheering, there was a confidence from deep inside of me that surfaced and has been with me ever since. It was this experience that led me on the path to magnify the talent God has given me and become the person I am today.
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March 02, 2018 02:46 PM MST
Speaking to reporters and live web viewers across the globe, Maddy Wilford shared her gratitude for the outpouring of love she received after she was critically injured in the Parkland shooting.
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November 23, 2017 02:00 PM MST
What a powerful story that demonstrates how it is possible to have gratitude in trials.
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November 22, 2017 03:13 PM MST
From President Thomas S. Monson we have learned we should "cultivate an attitude of gratitude." Here are a few scientifically proven reasons why it would be a good idea to follow his counsel.
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November 19, 2017 10:24 PM MST
It was early on a Sunday morning in January and the fifth-floor cancer wing of the East Texas Medical Center was uncharacteristically quiet.
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November 16, 2017 11:01 AM MST
Editor’s note: This article originally ran in November 2017.
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November 15, 2017 03:17 PM MST
"The Church is really not so much about an organization. The Church is much more about you, about every individual member—that makes all the difference. Your work, your service, your love, your kindness to God and fellow men is a reflection of what the Church is all about," President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says in a new Church videothanking members and people around the world for their humanitarian efforts following so many natural disasters.
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November 06, 2017 03:08 PM MST
Before I could finish the first line of the opening hymn in Relief Society, my phone buzzed with a news notification.
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August 02, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
When the Church released the Christmas video "A Savior is Born" in December 2015, LDS teen Annie Weight noticed it repeated the word "rejoice" several times. She was touched by its hopeful message and felt inspired to live a more positive lifestyle. "Throughout the Christmas season and the beginning of the new year, I thought a lot about joy, what it meant to others, and what it meant to me," said Weight. "After a lot of thought, I decided that I wanted to be happier with my life and I decided to start keeping a list of all the things in my life that made me happy."
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By  LDS Living
April 12, 2017 06:10 PM MDT
Jon Louis, a college student living in New Orleans, Louisiana, has found peace in his life through being grateful. His father passed away in the line of duty as a fireman when Louis was very young, but even though he has lived most his life without a father, Louis is grateful for the example his father set for him.
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April 08, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
That title is correct. Feeling down? Don't bless your food. I was in Taiwan teaching English to a Buddhist family and discussing typical daily prayers in the USA. They were confused when they learned we asked God to bless our food.
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By  LDS Living
March 03, 2017 04:12 PM MST
It's easy to get caught up in thinking about what we don't have and what we want, but some members in the Philippines are thinking of something else instead—gratitude for what they have now.
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March 01, 2017 05:51 PM MST
After a long, intense search in southern Utah for a missing plane, volunteers and law enforcement officers found the bodies of Bishop Randall Wells and his two children—8-year-old Asher and 3-year-old Sara.
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By  LDS Living
February 14, 2017 12:09 PM MST
Last Month, returned missionary Dante Racioppo was critically injured when an impaired driver hit his car, causing it to spin out of control and into the path of a second oncoming car.
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November 25, 2016 10:00 PM MST
It was Christmas night, and I was sitting quietly in the living room all by myself. I was tired—OK, I was exhausted. Christmas was done. Giant check mark on that one.
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November 24, 2016 04:52 PM MST
"We took to the streets and found lots of grateful people. We hope you can find something you are grateful for every day,"stiry.com shares with this new video. Happy Thanksgiving!
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November 24, 2016 03:00 PM MST
Through 101 scriptures filled with thanksgiving, see how the scriptures teach of the Savior’s perfect example of gratitude, provide examples of disciples of Christ giving thanks and praising God in a variety of circumstances, echo the thankful message in the Psalms, and provide counsel for us to live in gratitude daily.
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By  LDS Living
November 23, 2016 05:35 PM MST
As Thanksgiving approaches, many are wondering if the turkey will be cooked just right.
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November 23, 2016 12:32 PM MST
Are you feeling the stress of Thanksgiving? Maybe you're trying to create the perfect meal or keep your family members entertained and out of trouble—or maybe you're already stressing about Christmas gifts—but as we all know, Thanksgiving is about more than just food.
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By  Kim White
November 22, 2016 02:56 PM MST
This post by Kim White originally appeared on The Small Seedand has been posted here with permission.
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November 19, 2016 12:49 PM MST
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many have turned their thoughts to what they are grateful for. But after losing everything, this LDS woman shows what it really means to show gratitude in all things despite having no material possessions.
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November 17, 2016 10:00 PM MST
For the thought, watch the Mormon Message, "In the Spirit of Thanksgiving."
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November 10, 2016 01:33 PM MST
Gratitude is on everyone’s mind this month. Now there’s an easy—and free—way to express it.
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By  LDS Living
November 03, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
Thanksgiving is one of the best times of year, full of family, food, and fun memories. But finding the best Thanksgiving recipes when you're having family and friends over can be stressful.
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September 17, 2016 12:17 PM MDT
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending An Evening with Broadway singer Sandra Turley and Family. Sandra, her husband Josh, and their four children visited our humble town of Woodstock, Virginia, and the whole gang participated in the program.
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By  LDS Living
August 22, 2016 04:59 PM MDT
Do you feel like your prayers are not being heard? Are you struggling to feel Heavenly Father's guidance after you pray?
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March 17, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
For this Saint Patrick's Day, learn what luck really means, and how you have it in infinite measure in your life.
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February 15, 2016 07:52 PM MST
This post reminded me of an experience President Eyringshared:
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December 05, 2015 05:00 PM MST
Recently, LDS.org shared this article that reveals the key that allows us to not only feel but physically see God's grace in our daily life.
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November 27, 2015 01:53 PM MST
MR says: Even though Thanksgiving is over, there's still time to celebrate gratitude and thankfulness. Here are the religions that do it most.
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November 26, 2015 03:00 PM MST
MR says: Mormons have a huge advantage when it comes to Thanksgiving: and no, we're not just talking about having large families or fantastic ward cookbooks. We're talking about an advantage on a grand, cosmic scale.
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