Blog-a-thon

03/18/2011

Today, I logged into facebook to find a pleasant surprise. An event has been created, called “Mormon Missionary Blog-a-thon”, which invites all to read the thoughts and testimonies of people currently called by a prophet to serve the Lord, in preparation to hear the words of the apostles and our prophet himself at General Conference. I think this is a wonderful idea, maybe because I’m presently such a missionary, but also because I’ve read some very inspiring words in the blogs of other missionaries. Because I have seen some witty analogies, passionate testimonies, and delicate gospel principles unraveled and expounded upon, I would like to take this post opportunity to share with you all a few of my favorite blogs among my fellow missionaries. Please, take a moment and read a post or two from some of the best blogs I’ve read.

http://mysemispiritualblog.com/
http://elderdearborn.blogspot.com/
http://elderholbrook.blogspot.com/
http://phoenixtomontana.blogspot.com/
http://whitadams.blogspot.com/
http://rhwixom.blogspot.com/

You may also peruse the list of blogs of the other online missionaries in the Montana Billings Mission:
https://elderjacobhamblin.wordpress.com/online-missionaries/

Mormon Missionary Blog-a-thon event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133314106741097

“Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” – 2 Nephi 32:3

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Gratitude

03/02/2011

How often do we consider the beauty of the world around us, or the blessings we’ve received in our lives? How often do we show our appreciation for such things? I just watched an inspiring message on youtube, reminding me to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life.

Here on earth, we’ve been blessed with loving families who support us daily in our lives. Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters… all of whom build us up and support us in our daily life. I have been blessed with a wonderful family that I love with all of my heart. My parents have raised me seeking to instill in me all values of righteous living – for which I feel eternally endebted. I’ve been born in a time of great technological advances and much modern convenience. I’ve been born into a country with the freedom necessary for worshiping the way one desires to – a country full of opportunity for growth.

I love my family and all the other magnificent things I have been so abundantly blessed with in my life. I think that acknowledging our blessings and showing our gratitude will help us to be happier, more pleasant people to be around. Multiple scriptures support this idea, as there are many records of people giving thanks for their blessings and singing praises. The savior himself thanked His Heavenly Father before partaking of the sacrament.

I’d like to challenge you to think of things that you are grateful today. If that something involves someone in your life, let them know of your appreciation for them and what they’ve done for you. No matter what the thing is that you are grateful for, I can promise that God is in someway responsible, so expressing your thankfulness through prayer is always good. I promise that expressing your appreciation for others will brighten their day, as well as your own. You’ll be a happier person because of your increase of gratitude. It is my hope and prayer that we can all learn to be a little more grateful for our blessings.