Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Grateful Heart!

Wishing all of my dear friends and family a very Happy Thanksgiving Day and Weekend.
In my heart, I have a deep love for people, and I have loved getting to know many of you through blogging and other media. You have blessed my life in many ways. I have enjoyed your posts on various subjects, beautiful photos of activities and treasured family times. There have been occasions when I have been reading posts that one of you have mentioned something that I needed to read or see that day. My heart has been lifted from sad moments. I have learned how to cook better, be more organized, enjoy simple things of life, be more observant of our Heavenly Father's creations. My faith has been strengthened by your kindness and service to others. I have loved reading your testimonies of your own religion, inner peace found and inner struggles lightened.  I love humanity. I love all of you. 

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to share with you a short gratitude list. These are some of the things that I am deeply thankful for. 
1. I am intensely grateful for my Heavenly Father. I know He loves me and all of you. We are His children. He continues in multiples ways to bless us all. As you draw near unto Him; He will draw near unto you. I believe our Father is in the details of our lives. He wants us to return again to live with Him someday. 

2. I have a deep love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He suffered and died for me and all of you. Somehow through His Atoning sacrifice, He has felt all of our pains from sin, physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. He alone knows how we feel. He loves us and is continuing to reach out to us. He is our advocate with the Father. He knows us and has already paid the price for our sins and painful life experiences. All we have to do is repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, follow Him and endure to the end. He is our example, and through Him, we can live more Christ-like lives. 

3. I am profoundly thankful that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the infinite Plan of Happiness found within. I love to serve and have had many opportunities through the years. It has increased my love for others tenfold. I know that my beliefs are true because the Spirit of the Holy Ghost has testified to me of its truthfulness. 
I am thankful for our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson and all of the Apostles. They are true Disciples of Christ and are there for us all.  They travel throughout the world to strengthen our growing church. Our church does so much for the world through its humanitarian efforts; it's incredible!

4. I am grateful for the best husband in the entire world. Now I know there are many that feel the same but I do know I am seriously blessed with a very great Man. He serves me, loves me, cares for me, and teaches me daily what a true Disciple of Christ is. Of course, along with this cherished man; I love our dog named Sammy. He brings lots of joy into my life.

5. Ok, I have the best posterity.My grateful heart loves each of the individuals in our posterity.  I have a total of 6 children and spouses, 32 precious Grandchildren, and 5 beautiful Great Grandchildren. They bless my life in countless ways. 

6. I am thankful for books; I have learned so much from reading.I do love a good novel.
However, I am passionately thankful for my most favorite book; The Book of Mormon. It is a compelling book of scripture. It is a book that speaks to me with answers to prayers and has helped me as an individual, companion to my husband and a parent. I invite all to read this valuable book. I do love the other scriptures, the Holy Bible, Doctrine, and Covenants and
 Pearl of Great Price.They are very powerful books, also. 

7. I am appreciative of great music. I love listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Oldies, classical and country. I find music to be mood building and can be very stirring. I also believe that music calms the heart, brings the spirit and can heal my soul.
8. I am thankful for this lovely world we live in. I have three blogging friends that post spectacular photos of nature, and it profoundly moves my soul. 
photo by Barb@Barb's blog
9. Dearest friends and extended family members such as siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. I love you all, and my life is more abundant because of you and your friendship with me. Thank you for being the angels in my life that bare me up when times are hard and lighten my heart in many ways. 

10. Last but not least I love the temples that I have the privilege to serve in. I am grateful for my moments within. Here I find peace in the world and it is to me Heavenly Father's priceless University. I always learn something new within those walls. I have received remarkable revelations for my life while in these marvelous edifices. 

I am grateful for this beautiful world and all of the wonderful brothers and sisters in within it. We are all spectacular creations from a loving Heavenly Father. 


Tracy said...

What a wonderful list of thankfulness, LeAnn...and images to go with them! I just LOVE that photo of you and the long line up of your family--wow!here is so much to be thankful for, and our Lord has graced & blessed us with so much! I'm so thankful for your gift of friendship and meeting you this year. It's such a happy thing to be here to share in life and Christ along with you! Wishing you & yours a very BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL & HAPPY THANKSGIVING weekend! With LOVE, In Christ, Tracy OXOX

Christy Monson said...

What a sweet post. L LOVE your gratitude list. It's just perfect. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Sending lots of love and best wishes for a continued season of blessings. Hugs, Christy

Barb said...

Hi LeAnn~

Beautiful post! We really do have so much to be thankful for, don't we?! I'm so thankful for your friendship, more than friendship, you and Roger are family! I could not wish for a better mother, friend, and example for my own daughter, she is greatly blessed to have you in her life. We share so much, our sweet grandchildren, our love of the, Lord, the temple, nature, music...and so much more.

I forgot to tell you, Happy Birthday, a little late...;0) I hope your day was wonderful!!

Love you so much sweet friend!

Hugs and Love,

Debbie said...

A lovely post LeAnn and such a wonderful gratitude list!! We all have so much to be grateful for...belated thanksgiving and birthday wishes

Diane said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! You sure do have a beautiful posterity. I love that from 6 children sprang 32 grandchildren. That is wonderful. I am always thankful for the comments you leave on my blog. They always bring me cheer.

Marsha said...

I am thankful for you, my friend. Your blogs always pull me back down to a better place, a place where I need to be.....grounding me, so-to-speak. Some days I really get out of focus of what's really important and I know as soon as you have posted, that I am going to be in a better place, just by reading your blog. Thank you for that!

Galen Pearl said...

I LOVE that photo of your whole family. I thought I had a big family with a total of 10, but YOU!!!! That is just so excellent. I need to get my kids busy to produce more grandchildren. I'm sure they will appreciate my encouragement--ha!

Thanks for sharing all your blessings with us. Especially the blessing of your faith and your loving heart.

Debbie said...

stopping by again, i enjoyed the casual picture of your husband and sammy!!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is such a beautiful post, LeAnn. I am also grateful for dear blogging friends like you! Have a wonderful day and enjoy this beautiful month of December!


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