President Nelson invited us to #GiveThanks
Under the current global COVID-19 epidemic and the definition of racism, violence, political tensions, and lack of courtesy, US President Russell M. Nelson shared “a fast and lasting spirit with the world Therapy” Friday, November 20.
Message by President Nelson’s
In my 96 years of life, I have seen the Great Depression, the World War, the rise of terrorism, hunger, and poverty. I have also witnessed the rise of space travel, the Internet, medical advancements, and countless other discoveries that made me happy.
Before my ministry, I was a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon and spent many hours in the operating room. As a surgical resident, I am a member of the research team that developed the first heart-lung machine for open-heart surgery on humans. Afterward, I was honored to help save hundreds of patients’ lives; sadly, despite my best efforts, I still saw other patients die.
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As a man of science and a person of faith, the current global pandemic is very concerned for me. As a scientific person, I realize the urgent need to prevent the spread of infection. I also pay tribute to the dedication of medical professionals and feel sad for the many people whose lives have changed due to COVID-19.
However, as a person of faith, I think that the current epidemic is just one of the many ills that plague our world, including hatred, civil strife, racism, violence, dishonesty, and lack of civilization.
Skilled scientists and researchers are working hard to develop and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus. However, no medicine or surgery can solve many of the mental dilemmas and diseases we face.
However, there is a remedy-it seems surprising-because it is produced in the face of our natural intuition. However, scientists, men, and women of faith have confirmed its effect.
I mean the healing power of gratitude.
The book of Psalms is full of warnings to express gratitude. These are just three of them:
- “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” (Psalms 92:1)
- “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good.” (Psalms 136:1)
- “Come before his presence with thanksgiving.” (Psalms 95:2)
In my ninety-six years of life, I have concluded that counting our blessings is far better than repeating our problems. Regardless of our situation, expressing gratitude for our privilege is a quick and lasting spiritual prescription.
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Can gratitude save us from sadness, grief, grief, and pain? No, but it does relieve our feelings. It gives us a broader vision of the purpose and pleasure of life.
About 16 years ago, my wife Dantzel and I sat on the sofa holding hands while watching TV. Suddenly, she broke down. Although I have received good treatment and can heal things that end her life, I still cannot save my wife.
Dantzel and I are very lucky to have nine daughters and one son. Sadly, I lost two of my daughters to cancer. No parent wants to lose a child.
However, despite these difficulties and other difficult experiences, I am always grateful for many things.
I thank God and Dantzel for nearly 60 years of life and spent a lifetime of love and joy and precious memories together. I thank him for being my wife Wendy, who met after Dantzel’s death. Now Wendy makes my life full of joy.
Showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast-acting and long-lasting spiritual prescription
As a doctor, I know the value of good treatment. Therefore, dear friends, I can open two activities to help us experience the healing power of gratitude.
I invite you (only within the next 7 days) to turn social media into your own personal thank you diary. Post daily information about what you are grateful for, who you are grateful for, and why.
At the end of the 7 days, see if you feel happier and more at peace. Use the #GiveThanks hashtag. By working together, we can flood social media and reach the four corners of the earth with gratitude. Maybe this will partially fulfill God’s promise to Father Abraham, that is, through his descendants,
“all families of the earth [shall] be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
let us unite and thank God through daily prayers. Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray, first expressing gratitude to God, and then praying to him for what we need. Prayer brings miracles.
In this spirit, I now pray for the world and everyone in it. In prayer, I hope you will be inspired to do the same thing, thank God for the countless blessings that God has poured out to you, and pray that He will heal our hearts, our families, our society, and the whole world.