10 October 2010

gratitude

Our church leadership is amazing and this past Sunday we had General Conference, and this was one of the talks by the President of our church.

{ This particular part really helped me. I really needed to hear it }

"This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways.

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. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." 
- President Thomas S. Monson

Another quote I loved from this talk:

“The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.” He continued: “Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!"  
- Joseph F. Smith


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6 comments:

Zwickl Family said...

Those words ARE encouraging! Our lives are perfect according to most people suffering on this earth. By the way, I'm a friend that will always be there if you ever need anything. :)

The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie said...

I think that message is so incredibly important to hear right now. We live in a day and age that is full of negativty and selfishness. We need to remember why it is we are here on earth and what we can do to serve in the short time we exist!

Allie Burnham said...

I loved that talk. Its challenging at times to remember to see all the good in the world when their is so much chaos surrounding us. President Monson is truly inspired

AmyLee said...

oh my gosh mandy, that quote from pres monson is amazing, right?? i cannot hear that enough. saying to myself, "amy, be happy for what you have. be happy for what you have!" seems like i'm always working towards the next big purchase or next thing to "have."

i truly am grateful for the blessings in my life & need to spend more time focusing on that.

Angie McCulloch said...

i needed to hear that...thanks!

Nikki said...

Beautiful quotes! I am definitely feeling grateful these days, after everyone seems to be diagnosed with one thing or another. I'm happy to be alive and mostly healthy and have great friends and family. Bring on 30!