Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Our Beautiful Earth

"Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief. We have seen our beaches, our parks, our forests littered with ugly refuse by those who evidently have no appreciation for their beauty. I have driven through thousands of acres of blackened land scourged by a fire evidently set by a careless smoker whose only concern had been the selfish pleasure gained from a cigarette.
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil.
Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride.

Cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving for the blessing of life and for the marvelous gifts and privileges each of us enjoy. The Lord has said that the meek shall inherit the earth. (See Matt. 5:5.) I cannot escape the interpretation that meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgment of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments. This is the beginning of wisdom. Walk with gratitude before him who is the giver of life and every good gift. " Gordon B. Hinckley

I'm grateful to live in a country where I can worship as I please, where I can conduct my life as I see fit and others can do the same.

I'm grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel to other places in this beautiful world and meet wonderful and interesting people.

I'm grateful for this glorious earth that God has created for his children, with things "both to please the eye and gladden the heart." (D&C 59:18)

I'm grateful for the opportunity to both have participated in the miracle of birth and to witness it first hand.....

And to find joy in the miracle of a tiny seed sprouting into life.


Allyson said...

Your Garden is looking wonderful...look at all those cute plants!

And again ME TOO! We truly are spoiled living in America. What joy and happiness is found in the Gospel.

Kassi Jane said...

you are reminding me in all your post how much we really have to be thankfull for... thank you