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Grateful for Gratitude

I’ve noticed that my blogs are so much more interesting and powerful when I’m going through a period of trial, and my prayers are the same way. When I recognize my weakness and I’m struggling to improve, I’m far more earnest in my study and prayer as I seek the aid of Heavenly Father. However, “men are that they might have joy“, and therefore I think it’s safe to assume that Heavenly Father doesn’t expect me to be in a constant state of turmoil to learn what He needs to teach me!

So, as usual, I was thinking the other day, and I wondered how I could generate that sincere desire to seek Heavenly Father at times when I’m not in dire need.

“Sometimes it is hard for us to be sufficiently grateful for the greatest gifts we receive: the birth of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, the promise of resurrection, the opportunity to enjoy eternal life with our families, the Restoration of the gospel with the priesthood and its keys. Only with the help of the Holy Ghost can we begin to feel what those blessings mean for us and for those we love. And only then can we hope to be thankful in all things and avoid the offense to God of ingratitude. We must ask in prayer that God, by the power of the Holy Ghost, will help us see our blessings clearly even in the midst of our trials.” (Henry B. Eyring, The Choice to Be Grateful)

I’ve started working to be more grateful in my prayers, and it works! Sometimes I have to go through a pretty long list of things to thank Heavenly Father for, but inevitably- if I keep going long enough- gratitude invites the Spirit. It’s only through the Holy Ghost that I can communicate with Heavenly Father, and so once I feel that comforting presence, I know that my prayers are being heard and answered… Just as powerfully as ever.

He is There.

President Hugh B. Brown once related the following conversation with a colleague of his, after having established that the man believed that God definitely spoke to us through prophets all throughout the Old and New Testaments:

“You think that God hasn’t spoken since then?”

“I am sure He hasn’t.”

“There must be a reason; can you give me a reason?”

“I do not know.”

“May I suggest some possible reasons: perhaps God does not speak to man anymore because He cannot. He has lost the power.”

He said, “Of course that would be blasphemous.”

“Well, then, if you don’t accept that, perhaps He doesn’t speak to men because He doesn’t love us anymore. He is no longer interested in the affairs of men.”

“No,” he said, “God loves all men, and He is no respecter of persons.”

“Well, then, if He could speak and if He loves us, then the only other possible answer, as I see it, is that we don’t need Him. We have made such rapid strides in science, we are so well educated, that we don’t need God anymore.”

And then he said, and his voice trembled as he thought of impending war: “Mr. Brown, there never was a time in the history of the world when the voice of God was needed as it is needed now. Perhaps you can tell me why He doesn’t speak.”

My answer was: “He does speak. He has spoken, but men need faith to hear Him.”

Just like President Brown, I know that my Heavenly Father lives, and He speaks to us all the time. He loves us so much that He taught us how to pray, and has given us a prophet to lead and guide us, and He wants more than anything to give us the advice we so desperately need. Are you listening?