I have been thinking HOW am I going to make sure we think about and show our "Thanks" this year. Last year I tried the tree thingy - you know... I made a tree with branches and provided paper for the kids to cute out leaves and write down things they were grateful for on the leaves and then tape the leaves to the tree. Well, I SHOULD have done that when they were younger! They had to tease me, as always... "Mom, we are not 5!" So, this year I was thinking I would just post up sayings... thoughts on Gratitude. Hopefully, they will take the time to read them. I am going to type them up on card stock and put them up all around the cabin on the walls...
Here are some thoughts I have found so far... please feel free to give me more!!!!!
We should confess His hand in all things. Ingratitude if one of our great sins. (Ensign, May 1977, p. 33) ~Ezra Taft Benson
Hold fast to the blessings which God has provided for you. Yours is not the task to gain them, they are here; yours is the part of cherishing them. (Church News, June 14, 1969, p. 2) ~J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
It is perfectly evident... that to thank the Lord in all things is not merely a courtesy, it is a commandment as binding upon us as any other commandment. (See D&C 59:5-7) (Ensign, Nov. 1982, p. 50) ~Marion G. Romney
Pray in thanksgiving. In many countries, the homes are barren and the cupboards bare - no books, no radios, no pictures, no furniture, no fire - while we are housed adequately, clothed warmly, fed extravagantly. Did we show our thanks by the proper devotion on our knees last night and this morning and tomorrow morning? Ingratitude, thou sinful habit (TSWK, p. 20) ~Spencer W. Kimball
Thankfulness is measured by the number of words; gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions. (CR, Oct 1955, p. 4) ~David O. McKay
There isn't a word in all the English language with more magic in it than the word gratitude. Love makes fertile the soil for things to blossom and to grow, and love begins with gratitude. (Ensign, March 1971, p. 53) ~Geraldine P. Anderson
Think to thank. In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, a formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness. (Pathways to Perfection, Thomas S. Monson, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co, 1974, p. 254) ~Thomas S. Monson
You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude. (Ensign, Nov. 1989, p. 13) ~Henry B. Eyring
What type of things do you do to help your family remember WHY we celebrate Thanksgiving? I love traditions. I love adding NEW traditions! Please share yours!!!