Wednesday, November 26, 2014


With Thanksgiving right around the corner I'm sure we have all been prompted to consider our blessings and all that we are grateful for. It's easy to be thankful when things are going well for us. But what about during the times of struggle and heartache? 
Even during the difficult times in our lives, it is still important to be grateful. In fact, we have been commanded to do so... 
In Mosiah 26:38-39 the Lord commands, "give thanks in all things." During this time in the Book of Mormon the people were greatly suffering and yet God still expected them to be grateful. 
I don't know about you, but I have never prayed to receive trials in my life. However, I have prayed for strength, inspiration, and personal growth. When these prayers are answered in the form of a trial I never recall jumping for joy. In fact, I probably complained, and in doing so I have not been "giving thanks in all things". 
When we look at trials as opportunities to grow, learn, and be strengthened, it is much easier to be grateful for them. God wouldn't ask us to be grateful in all things if it were not possible. He knows that with each experience we can find something to be grateful for. The more we are grateful for all that we have, the happier we will become. We will be less likely to wish for things we don't have and instead begin treasuring all that we do have. 
This Thanksgiving I challenge you to be "grateful in all things." Make a list of everything that God has blessed you with, trials and all. Find something in each day to be thankful for and truly give thanks. 
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