I #GiveThanks for my family. As I look back on my life, I can honestly say that my family is one of the Lord’s greatest gifts to me.
I have tasted of life’s successes and also its sorrows. I have dealt with disappointment; disease; the death of my wife, Dantzel; and the death of two daughters to cancer. But death cannot divide families sealed in the temple. Our separation from departed loved ones is only temporary. Thanks to the Lord’s great plan of happiness, we can all face the future with great faith and optimism.And I #GiveThanks that after Dantzel passed away, the Lord led me to meet Wendy Watson, who became my wife. She fills my life with joy.
Faith and family are the source of life’s greatest joy.
The consistency of prophetic council over time creates a powerful concert of clarity and a warning volume far louder than solo performances can ever produce. Feelings of gratitude emerge as I acknowledge the goodness of my parents and of all eight of my pioneer great grandparents who were converted to the church in the populous nations of Europe, we love our sons in law as our own, and they’re so grateful for an unbroken string of temple marriages that link them to us forever.
For those precious grandchildren already here and for those others on the way, we express our gratitude unitedly.
We thank the Almighty for the wondrous prolongation of the life of elder Bruce R. McConkey, enabling him to preach that powerful sermon. Our gratitude is profound.
Spiritual self-esteem begins with the realization that each new morning is a gift from God.
Therefore, our first noble deed of the morning should be a humble prayer of gratitude. I did not fully appreciate the significance of prayerful greetings until I became a father myself. I’m so grateful that our children never gave their mother or dad the silent treatment.
Now I sense how our Heavenly Father may appreciate our prayers morning and night that I can imagine the pangs of his sorrow because of silence from any of his children. To me, such ingratitude seems comparable to sullen goldfish, oblivious to kind providers who sprinkle food in their bowl. Indeed, those who pray can worship God with exceedingly great joy.
I’m deeply grateful that we bear the priesthood, each of us for ordained from the foundation of the world. For that responsibility as a symbol of gratitude, I have penned a few lines to be sung as the concluding portion of my message to this song. I have assigned an ancient title, Hosanna! The Prayerful Shout of Fervent Praise. Through times, immortal, endless, stay in love, he guides our way beyond the realms of heavens, beam our great God, Elohim, Hosanna to his holy name, our fathers, God is still the same.
That holy night on in Bethlehem, his son was born among men to ransom from a timeless grave. Each child of God to save Hosanna to his holy name. Our Fathers. God is still the same. His priesthood, power restored to Earth to bless each soul given birth. Our song of prayer. To him we raise proclaiming joy and praise Hosanna to his holy name. Our Fathers. God is still the same. That is why we respond to our own calls from the Lord when we comprehend his voluntary atonement.
Any sense of sacrifice on our part becomes completely overshadowed by a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of serving him. Thank the Lord for these sisters who, like our Heavenly Father, love us not only for what we are, but for what we may become.
Humbly, I thank God for my mother, my sisters, my daughters, granddaughters, and for my special sweetheart, companion and friend. My wife, I have felt impressed to conclude this message on prayer with a prayer presented as a hymn, the Lord has said that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me. The music comes from our book of hymns for which I have written new words for the.
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Oh, Jesus Christ, the man. I express special gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful for his loving kindness and for his open invitation to come on to him. Thanks to him, no condition is hopeless.
Thanks to him, brighter days are ahead, both here and hereafter, real joy awaits each of us on the other side of sorrow, brothers and sisters, when we receive the news that President Gordon B. Hinckley had passed away.
Each of us immediately felt a deep sense of loss, knowing that his destiny was in the hands of the Lord.
However, we have felt our mood shift from grief to gratitude.
We are very grateful for what we have learned from this great prophet of God. My beloved brethren and sisters.
I’m deeply grateful for each of you.
Together, we feel a profound sense of gratitude for the gospel of Jesus Christ in this world.
Abounding with misery, we’re truly thankful for God’s great plan of happiness.
Recently, Sister Nelson and I enjoy the beauty of tropical fish in a small private aquarium, fish with vivid colors and a variety of shapes and sizes darted back and forth.
I asked the attendant nearby who provides food for these beautiful fish? She responded, I do.
Then I asked, Have they ever thanked you? She replied, Not yet.
I thought of some people I know who are just as oblivious to their creator and their true pride of life, they live from day to day without an awareness of God and his goodness under them, how much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to him and taught.
Let us give thanks to God for his death, work, righteousness forever. Our degree of gratitude is a measure of our love for him each day.
Ours is the challenge to access the power of the atonement so that we can truly change, become more Christlike and qualify for the gift of exaltation and live eternally with God, Jesus Christ and our families for these powers, privileges and gospel gifts.
Thanks be to God.
As a member of the Corps, the 12 Apostles, I pray daily for revelation and gave thanks to the Lord every time he spoke to my heart and mind. Or to be sure, there may be times when you feel as though the heavens are closed. But I promise that as you continue to be obedient, expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you, and as you patiently honor the Lord’s timetable, you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek.
My dear brothers and sisters, you are living exemplars of the fruits that come from following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I thank you. I love you.