A couple of months ago I taught a Family Home Evening lesson about Gratitude. I want our family to remember to feel gratitude daily (not just around Thanksgiving time) because people who remember their blessings on a regular basis are generally happier people. And because it's a commandment to be grateful. :)
So, we started a new "thing" in our family. I gave everyone a small notebook as a "Gratitude Journal" (this is NOT an original idea... people have been doing this for years) which we take a few minutes to write in and then share with the rest of the family what we wrote. We are supposed to write 3-5 things each time, at least once a week. We usually do it just before reading the scriptures together.
After hearing President Monson's talk in General Conference this morning in which he gave us all the challenge to count our blessings, I felt grateful we had already decided to do so. Then I decided to take it a step further and start sharing what I write in my "Gratitude Journal" here in my blog. So, here goes:
Today I'm grateful for/that....
... General Conference Traditions.
... opportunities to serve.
... the blessings of paying tithing.
... a prophet of God.
... another Temple has been announced for Arizona (Tucson). [6 Temples for Arizona! Wow!]