Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Give Thanks

The lesson I taught my Primary class this week was titled "I can say Thank you." When I first read that I thought, oh this will be an easy (boring) one. This, however, proved to be wrong; I feel that I have learned more than my class did.

As I was preparing I read Doctrine and Covenants 78:19 "and he who receives all things with thanksgiving shall be made glorious: and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more." This verse really struck me. I have been spending a lot of time feeling sorry for myself lately. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I thought that once Josh graduated, he would get a new job and we would move somewhere bigger and better. When that didn't happen I became depressed. I looked around at everyone else wondering why they could have jobs, houses, cars, and so many other things. I kept asking why, why are we stuck in this little house that is falling apart around us, why are we driving a car that's window doesn't work, why does everyone else seem so much happier than me?

After reading and pondering on this verse, I realized that I have been so blessed and I need to be thankful for this blessings. So today I knelt down and thanked my Heavenly Father for my husband who loves me so much and works so hard to give me everything I want. I thanked him for sending Benjamin to us. He has such a beautiful spirit and never fails to brighten my day. I can't imagine my life with out Josh and Benjamin. I said thank you for this home that we live in. As I said the word out loud, I realized that I really do love this house. It is not falling apart around us, it is changing and molding to fit us.

I have discovered something interesting about this verse; it is not about receiving more blessings. I think it is saying that in understanding your blessings, you come to feel more blessed ("even an hundredfold, yea, more").


  1. Thank you for sharing this Catie. I always struggle with giving Thanks. I love you.

  2. you can trade lives with me if you want... JK... good point catie... i guess when ever we get caught up in the world we need to stop and think about what we do have and be greatful for it....

  3. You can trade lives with me however, you can't have my Josh or my Benjamin. Everything else, though I am thankful for all of it, is just stuff.