- I am thankful for friends. Today, in particular, I am thankful for my friend, Jennifer. Jen and I met a little over 12 years ago, our freshman year in college. We became fast friends, after fighting for a seat in American Heritage (at least I think that’s how it all started). We lived on the same floor the first semester, and then in the same dorm room second semester. Today is Jen’s birthday (she was born exactly one year and one day before me) and twelve years ago, we had a fabulous combined party. Jen is absolutely amazing!
- I am thankful for my AWESOME family. As I have mentioned, I flew to Arizona this weekend to spend my birthday with my sister and brother and their respective families. What I didn’t know is that, somehow without giving it away, the rest of my family had flown down to be here to help me celebrate the big 30! Imagine my surprise when my 2-year-old nephew popped out from behind a wall when he lives in Las Vegas. It was amazing!
- I am thankful that I decided not to cross something off my list this weekend so that I could watch my niece’s soccer game. I know that probably sounds kind of ridiculous, but as someone who was raised by a mother who always wanted us to know how important we were to her, I just feel like my niece needs to know that watching her soccer game (and being there to support her) is way more important to me than sky diving.
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
“Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love. We can live in thanksgiving daily by opening our arms to those around us. When was the last time you told someone you love how much they mean to you? When was the last time you expressed your gratitude to someone who has always been there for you, someone who has sacrificed for you, someone whose heart has always been filled with hopes and dreams for you? When was the last time you unselfishly reached out to help another in need? Every time we cheer another’s heart, every time we ease another’s burden, every time we lift a weary hand, we show our gratitude to that God to whom we owe all that we have and all that we are.”
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin