Blessings of the Temple

The other day I made a post about how easy it is to take things for granted when we are exposed to them every day.  And today I was reminded of that once again.

I have the opportunity and blessing to be an Ordinance worker in the LDS Jordan River Temple.  Though I only work one day a week right now, I’m able to be a part of the ordinances performed there in the work for the dead.  For those of you that don’t understand that, we believe  that everyone deserves the chance to be offered the blessings of the Temple.  If they weren’t able to participate in them in this life, we do the ‘work’ for them as proxies and give them a chance to accept or reject those blessings in the spirit world.

As I was participating in those ordinances today….. I stopped for a few minutes to pay attention to the verbiage of the blessings that are pronounced on the heads of the proxies for the dead.  Because I repeat those words all the time…. I sometimes forget to really pay attention to the beautiful promises that are being given.  Promises that I pray all my family members will one day be able to have for their own.

It’s amazing what beautiful blessings the Lord has in store for us when we keep the commandments He’s asked us to keep.  Commandments, that by living them, our lives are continually blessed.  Some people would argue that keeping the commandments and living the gospel is too restrictive.  But I don’t agree.  I believe that living them brings so many blessings and joy that there’s nothing I feel like I’m missing out on by doing so.

I’m grateful I have the blessing of working in the temple and being reminded of His wonderful promises to us.  I’m grateful that those blessings are promised to me and to all who chose to do what is necessary to participate in them.  My life is richly blessed.

I am Grateful!  How are You?

 

 

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Thanksgiving

It wouldn’t be very smart for me to make a post on Thanksgiving day and not say I’m thankful for Thanksgiving!

I love holidays…. particularly this time of year.  And no, it’s not because of the food!  It’s because of the people that we surround ourselves with!  I love family gatherings and ones that include friends too.

Today we were blessed to have  company beyond our immediate family.  Our oldest son and his girlfriend came over early this morning and had breakfast with us and stayed till about 1pm.  Then they headed up to Park City to spend the rest of the day with Ali’s family.  Our daughter is living in Arizona right now and was spending the day with her boyfriend and his family.  Really missed having her around this year!  Our youngest son was here to spend the entire day with us.

Because it was just the 3 of us, we decided to invite my sister and her new husband and her one son who would have been alone other wise to join us.  Then we ended up inviting John’s parents.  At the last minute yesterday we invited our neighbors who had  had their family dinner on Tuesday and all their children were going other places today.  So we had 10 in total, and not all from the same side of the family.  It was a nice mix.

Though we didn’t take the time I would have liked to express our gratitude to each other today…. I was still very grateful for the time we got to spend together.  I had a great idea for taking time to do that …. but the hustle of trying to get the meal ready and all on the table while it was still hot made that go by the wayside!

There is so much to be grateful for at this time of year as there is everyday.  It seems we take the time to notice or think about it a little more at Thanksgiving.  Of course, we would all be better off if we took the time to be grateful everyday.  It’s been such a blessing to me to start this blog because it has made me more aware of gratitude every day.

Though somedays I have felt like it was a little harder to come up with a topic, I wonder if it’s because I have allowed so many things that I’m grateful for to become passé to me.  I saw an enlightening video today that made me realize that perhaps that’s why someday’s I think I don’t have anything to blog about.  When you think about it….. I shouldn’t have any trouble at all coming up with a topic!

I wanted to share this video with you as food for thought.  What do you take for granted? …. what do you see so much that you forget it’s a real blessing in your life?  Stop and think about it…. I think you’ll be amazed  at what you can come up with.  Here’s the video:

I’m grateful for Thanksgiving and the opportunity it allows for family to get together.  I’m grateful for the things my friends have said they are grateful for.  Facebook has been a wonderful source of reminders of the many blessing I have as others have expressed their gratitude there.  They’ve mentioned things that I hadn’t thought of!  I’m grateful for reminders to not allow things around me to become ‘invisible’  ….  a reminder to stop and pay attention more.

This is my favorite Thanksgiving decoration I have! Gather together in Gratitude!

I hope you will all try to live in Thanksgiving daily and open your eyes to the blessing around you.  Thank you for being my readers. Many of you are regular and loyal and I thank you.

I leave you with a reminder of daily gratitude by quoting the lyrics of the Christian hymn, Count Your Blessings!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

Count Your Blessings


When upon life’s billows
You are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged,
Thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one
And it will suprise you
What the Lord has done.

####Chorus:
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one
Count your blessings,
See what God has done
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.

Are you ever burdened
With a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy
You are called to bear?
Count your many blessings,
Ev’ry doubt will fly
And you will be singing
As the days go by.

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When you look at others
With their lands and gold
Think that Christ has promised
You His wealth untold
Count your many blessings,
Money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven,
Nor your home on high.

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So, amid the conflict,
Whether great or small
Do not be discouraged,
Godis over all
Count your many blessings,
Angels will attend
Help and comfort give you
To your journey’s end.
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Count Your Blessings

Once and a while on Sundays I take the opportunity to listen to Music and the Spoken Word while I’m getting ready for church.  Last Sunday was one of those times.  Though I didn’t hear the whole thing….. I did catch the message and the song that followed.

Sunday’s message was on Living in Thanksgiving daily.  It’s a beautiful message so I hope you don’t mind that I have posted it below.  I would do it injustice to try and summarize it.  Not only did I love and appreciate what he said…..but it verified to me that this daily gratitude blog is something I should be doing.  I have to admit…. I did feel a little inspired to start it.  It really is amazing what you begin to notice when you take the time to see what blessings you have in your life.

One of my favorite parts of the message was concluding it with the choir singing the most beautiful rendition of “Count Your Blessings”… not the one from the hymn book….but the one written by Irving Berlin that gained popularity from the movie “White Christmas”.  I’ve always loved that song….. but the choir sang it with such reverence and awe that I was almost taken aback!  It was a lovely lovely way to conclude that beautiful message.  If I could, I would post the song here for you to listen to while you read this beautiful message.  Please enjoy it and remember to “Count your Blessings instead of sheep” daily so that you can experience that kind of happiness that is felt by recognizing how blessed you truly are!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Here are the lyrics to the song as well:
When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessingsI think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings
Live in Thanksgiving Daily Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell
A wise man who spent many years traveling the world serving others said in his ninth decade of life:
“Over the course of my years, I have met thousands of people. I have dined with the prosperous as well as the poverty-stricken. I have conversed with the mighty and with the meek. I have walked with the famous and the feeble. I have run with outstanding athletes and those who are not athletically inclined.
“One thing I can tell you with certainty is this: You cannot predict happiness by the amount of money, fame, or power a person has. External conditions do not necessarily make a person happy…. The fact is that the external things so valued by the world are often the cause of a great deal of misery in the world.
“Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, are usually among the world’s happiest people. And they make others happy as well.”1
It’s ironic to note that very often the simplest qualities of the heart are the most difficult to live by in consistent, meaningful ways. Gratitude is one of those qualities. We know we should be more thankful and express more gratitude, but we get caught up in the pressures of our lives, in the busyness of the day, in the heartache and difficulty we’re experiencing. Perhaps we let these things blind us to the many wonderful blessings that surround us.
Those with grateful hearts can affirm this remarkable truth: gratitude is one of the surest ways to happiness. If you’re feeling down, count your blessings; if you’re discouraged or overwhelmed, count your blessings. If life is good or bad, happy or sad, count your blessings. If we choose to live with gratitude in our hearts, if we choose to be thankful for life, for the gift of a new day, for loved ones, and for purposeful activity, we are bound to feel more happiness. And we’re sure to spread that happiness to others.