Mormon Monday: And Attitude of Gratitude

This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.

We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.

A favorite hymn always lifts our spirits, kindles our faith, and inspires our thoughts:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. …

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
(Hymns, 1985, no. 241.)

Well could we reflect upon our lives as individuals. We will soon discover much to prompt our personal gratitude.

First, there is gratitude for our mothers.

Mother, who willingly made that personal journey into the valley of the shadow of death to take us by the hand and introduce us to birth—even to mortal life—deserves our undying gratitude. One writer summed up our love for mother when he declared, “God could not be everywhere, and so He gave us mothers.”

Thomas S. Monson, “An Attitude of Gratitude,” Ensign, May 1992, 54

I’m trying to focus on gratitude today.  Tomorrow we are supposed to have a blizzard, so I’ll whine then.  Okay?

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  1. Thanks, Elaine. I needed that reminder today. Sometimes I forget that I am valuable just being their mother, especially on days like today. I found out this morning that A.J.’s lunchbox has been getting moved by somebody every day since November! I had no idea he was getting picked on, so I didn’t help him solve it until it went missing completely after he tried to fix it on his own. I felt like “worst mom of the year” today. Although, I think we all feel that way sometimes. I love your Mormon Mondays. They’re always so insightful, even to us lifetime members!


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