Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gratitude for things

Today I'm so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I'm so grateful to be able to go to a meeting on a Saturday night and feel so much love from my Heavenly Father.  I am grateful to be able to hear messages from the leaders of the church that touch my soul and make me want to be a better person.  I think sometimes I take for granted how amazing it is to be given so many opportunities to feel the spirit.

I'm thankful for temples.  I'm so thankful for the spirit I feel there and for how serving there also makes me feel so loved and makes me want to head out of there and do better, serve more.

I'm thankful for my trials.  Really.  They have brought me closer to my Savior and have made me love and appreciate Him more like a friend,  rather than a holy being that is just out of my reach.  I'm thankful for the growth that has come from a hard experience.  I am thankful for little acts of kindness that have helped me through.  I'm so grateful for the woman who stopped by my door with a treat the morning I felt so low.  I'm thankful for the other woman who dropped by my house that exact same day with flowers for me.  There was no way that either of those women could have known about my sorrow.  In fact, those women hardly knew me at all.  But Heavenly Father must have whispered to them that I needed some love.  I hope that He can whisper to me when those around me need some love too.  I love the gospel of Jesus Christ that fosters service and kindness to others.  It's important.  It's real.  We all need it and we all need to give it.

So, all together I'm just sitting here today grateful.  It started last night when the tears couldn't stop falling for almost the entire meeting. Watch it here if you didn't get a chance.  It was so great.

(Relief SocietyMeeting)


heather said...

love you melanie. I can't wait to watch the RS mtg. When are you guys coming to visit us in Italy?????

Anonymous said...

I love you too Melanie... you are so full of the spirit and yet such a fun person! Thanks for sharing your feelings.

Tami G. said...

Please keep writing. If I could read your blog every day, I'd be a better person :)

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