One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions growing up was a “Thankful Poster” that my family hung in our hallway. A Thankful poster is a huge banner with the words, “I’m Grateful for..” sprawled across the top. Our friends and family write things they are grateful for as they pass by.
Some of the things written are temporal; “College Football”, “Michael Bublé”, or “Fluffy Blankets”. Others are more sentimental; “Beautiful Hikes”, “Hymns”, and “Missionary Letters.” My personal favorites are the essential ones; “Temples”, “Family”, and “Saving Ordinances”.
President Monson gives an incredible talk called “An Attitude of Gratitude”. He expresses gratitude for six different topics:
- Mothers – “Mother, who willingly made that personal journey into the valley of the shadow of death to take us by the hand and introduce us to birth—even to mortal life—deserves our undying gratitude. One writer summed up our love for mother when he declared, ‘God could not be everywhere, and so He gave us mothers.'”
- Fathers – “Father, like Mother, is ever willing to sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children. Daily he toils to provide the necessities of life, never complaining, ever concerned for the well-being of his family. This love for children, this desire to see them well and happy, is a constant in a time of change.”
- Teachers – “The teacher not only shapes the expectations and ambitions of pupils; the teacher also influences their attitudes toward their future and themselves. If the teacher loves the students and has high expectations of them, their self-confidence will grow, their capabilities will develop, and their future will be assured. A citation to such a teacher could well read: ‘She created in her room an atmosphere where warmth and acceptance weave their magic spell; where growth and learning, the soaring of the imagination, and the spirit of the young are assured.'”
- Friends – “True friends put up with our idiosyncrasies. They have a profound influence in our lives.”
- Country – “When we ponder that vast throng who have died honorably defending home and hearth, we contemplate those immortal words, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The feelings of heartfelt gratitude for the supreme sacrifice made by so many cannot be confined to a Memorial Day, a military parade, or a decorated grave.”
- Christ – “He taught us how to pray. He taught us how to live. He taught us how to die. His life is a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved.”
Our thankful poster reminds me that there are so many things in my life for which I am grateful and helps me create an attitude of gratitude.
Guest Post By Nicole Carpenter
Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU in Educational Studies with a minor in U.S. History. She is a licensed cosmetologist and a lover of dark chocolate brownies. Nicole currently resides in Los Angeles while her husband attends the UCLA School of Law. They have a beautiful baby girl named June who has sparkling blue eyes and a full head of dark hair.