H.U. Westermayer stated, “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

H.U. Westermayer stated, “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution on November 1, 1777, stated, “It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor ...” (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation).

“ . . . consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.”

Our early founders not only identified the divine benefactor, they gave all thanks to Him and consecrated their service to Him. 

This is our reminder season for thankfulness and gratitude. In truth, we should be thankful all year long. Just a simple thank you protects the atmosphere and our environment.

Have you ever forgotten to thank someone?

As recorded in Luke, one day Jesus entered a village where there were 10 lepers. Today, most know very little about lepers. Leprosy was a terrible, dreaded disease anciently. These 10 lepers came to Christ and said, “Master, have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us who have that terrible ailment of leprosy.” And He said to the 10 lepers, “Go visit your priest, and he will take care of you” – which they did. They went to see their priests, and they were cleansed, all 10 of them.”

“A short time later, one of them returned to the Savior and fell on his face and his hands and his knees, thanking the Savior for blessing him and making him well from that terrible disease. And the Savior said to that one man: “Weren’t there 10? What has happened to the other nine? Where are they?” (See Luke 17:11-19.).

Yes, gratitude, thanksgiving, and the divine creator should be part of November and every month during the year.

Latter-day  Saints Elder David B. Haight stated, “It’s so easy in life for us to receive blessings, many of them almost uncounted, and have things happen in our lives that can help change our lives, improve our lives, and bring the Spirit into our lives . . . if we’re ever going to show gratitude properly to our Heavenly Father, we should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength-because it was He who gave us life and breath.”

There have been times in my life when I pleaded for assistance, support, defense . . . and then, my prayers were answered and the good feeling in my heart, at that moment, carried me through the rest of the day. Did I always thank Him, and others who answered my pleading?

I am indebted to a loving Heavenly Father who, in spite of my daily transgressions, answers my prayers.  I am grateful for the friends who, in spite of day after day errors, continue to love and accept me.  I am thankful to live in a free country with caring parents, siblings, and children.

May Heavenly Father continue to bless our families and this great nation. Readers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.