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Monday, May 7, 2012

Motivational Monday: “Remembrance and Gratitude”

I loved this article. I am amazed everyday at the blessings I've been given. I have been very blessed through my life. Blogging/journal  helps me realize how much I have been blessed.

Edited From: Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” Ensign, Nov 1989, 11

Many of you have had the same experience I have had. And if you haven't, you will: you will go to a hospital or to a house to comfort someone, and instead they comfort you. Or you try to encourage someone who seems to you to have so little, and yet they will express gratitude for things you take for granted.
To find gratitude and generosity when you could reasonable find hurt and resentment will surprise you. It will be so surprising because you will see so much of the opposite: people who have much more than others yet who react with anger when one advantage is lost or with resentment when an added gift is denied.

A poem describes that contrast: it is called "How Different."

Some murmur when the sky is clear
And wholly bright to view,
If one small speck of dark appear
In their great heaven of blue:
And some with thankful love are filled,
If but one streak of light, One ray of God's good mercy, gild
The darkness of their night.
(Richard Chenevix Trench, in Source book of Poetry, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1968, p. 396)

You and I would like to know how to control our wants and increase our gratitude and generosity. We are going to need to change. Someday, in our families and as a people, we will live as one, seeking each other's good.
"The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I presume most of us have not thought of that as a great sin. There is a great tendency for us in our prayers and in our pleadings with the Lord to ask for additional blessings. But sometimes I feel we need to devote more of our prayers to expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings already received. We enjoy so much." (God, Family, Country, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p.199)
You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayers may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude.
You could try the same thing as you write an entry in your book of remembrance. The Holy Ghost has helped with that since the beginning of time. You remember in the record of Moses it says: "And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration. " (Moses6:5)

President Spencer W. Kimball described that process of inspired writing: "Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City; Bookcraft, 1982, p. 349)

As you start to write, you could ask yourself, "How did God bless me today?" If you do that long enough and with faith, you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes, you will have gifts brought to your mind which you failed to notice during the day, but which you will then know were a touch of God's hand in your life.

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