Since today is Thanksgiving obviously I’m going to write a little about gratitude. I don’t really want to repeat what we hear in conference or at church or anything. I know you all hear that we need to have an attitude of gratitude, which is true!!! (And you’ll be so much happier if you do!!) Or that you need to live every day in thanksgiving. (Also very helpful in your search for happiness.) But I just wanted to touch on a couple different things I am grateful for and share my thoughts about those specific topics.
First of all, I am grateful for the Atonement. For all the hard things that we have to go through here in this life, we 100% would not make it through without the Atonement. That’s what it’s designed for: to save us. Literally save us from the darkness that follows sin and weaknesses. Not one person would make it through this life without the Atonement. So whether you realize it or not you are already saved and can make it through this life because Christ sacrificed some of His time for your time that you waste (making mistakes). But life will be easier and you will be happier if you live His gospel that He has taught us. He’s given you everything you need to be happy and it’s up to you!!
I think it’s so crazy how friends have such a huge impact on our lives. Don’t you think? I know great people who I thought would be super successful and have a wonderful life, but they had friends who made bad decisions, and they ended up places they never even imagined. I’m really grateful for the friends I have right now and in the past. I believe that every single person you meet was placed in your life for a reason. They have a purpose for being your friend! I love being around happy, uplifting people. Sometimes it’s hard because you might feel like you need to change your group of friends and you’re scared to feel alone. Trust me, I’ve felt that way. Not that I had bad friends or that they were bad people. I just want to be around people who lift me up and make me happy! I heard a quote the other day in stake conference. The speaker said, “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” I cannot express to you how true that is! If you want to be happy, be around happy people. Another thing that is very important to remember, though, is to not be prideful. Don’t leave your old friends because you think you’re better than them. Everyone is fighting their own battle and theirs might be something that is easy for you, something that isn’t even a temptation for you. So be a helping hand and let them come to you if they need help.
That brings me to my next topic. I’m grateful for trials. I never thought in a million years I would say that. I always heard moms and dads and church leaders saying they are grateful for their trials. And I thought in my head, “Yeah right. You’re just trying to be humble.” But you guys, it’s true! You can be grateful for your trials. When I was on my mission, I still didn’t understand that. I remember I was teaching a man whose wife has passed away, he got a disease in his leg, and eventually it led to amputation, living on the streets, etc. I mean, I felt like this man’s trials were never ending. They never stopped, and he couldn’t see light at the end of the tunnel. I was heart broken for him. But the words that came out of my mouth to comfort him were not my words. And I’m not sure if they even had an impact on him. But they were meant for me to hear and understand. I said, “Heavenly Father gives you trials that will benefit you. I know if you pray and ask Heavenly Father why you needed that specific trial, you will feel that you have grown immensely, and you will have gratitude in your heart for the things you have gone through.” As I said those words, I knew immediately that I had some things I needed to do. When I got home that night, I prayed and asked God to help me understand why I have been through what I have. I remember feeling so much love in my heart; it was overflowing with happiness and gratitude. And I was able to pin point all of the good things that had come through specific trials in my life. I am at a point in my life where I can say and mean with all my heart that I am grateful for my trials and hardships. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. I truly am so thankful for the things that happen in my life. The good and the bad.
One last thing I wanted to touch on is God’s hand in our everyday lives. Since I have been living in Utah, I have met so many people, worked so many places, and learned so much. And I know it all was prepared for me to bring me where I am today. It’s hard to explain all this without knowing who I am personally, but I want each of you to know that I know God is real. And sometimes you may feel like you’re waiting for a lifetime to receive answers. I waited a year and a half to finally receive answers. But how good does it feel when God knows you’re finally ready to receive answers to your prayers. We know those answers always come, but in His timing. And it’s hard to wait. And sometimes you might feel hopeless or like the answers won’t come. But I promise they do! The way God has everything in His hands is unreal! It’s incredible! And when you realize why you had to wait so long to get answers, it makes it all worth it. You’re able to feel His love. There is a song called “Better Promises” that I used to listen to all the time on my mission. One part thats my favorite is, “If you had given me what I wanted I would not have seen that you have better promises for me.” I LOVE THOSE WORDS. They are true. We have to struggle and fall and then WAIT to know that He has a better plan. Better promises.
Hi I’m Brooke Hatfield from Mesa, AZ. I served a mission for the LDS church in Kennewick Washington, Spanish speaking! I currently live in Provo and am studying behavioral science. I work at limericki swimwear (super cute modest swimsuits) and at Sundance ski resort! I’m so grateful for my jobs!! Instagram: @brookelyla