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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is important that we always remember to be grateful for all the blessings our Heavenly Father has given us. Take some time today to think of all that you have been blessed with and share some of those thoughts with friends and family.

For myself, I am grateful for so many things. I'm thankful that I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joined it. I am thankful for all those blessings connected with the Church--the priesthood, temples, scriptures, prophets, and so forth. I am especially grateful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us. I'm grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost and for our Heavenly Father and His love and concern for each of us. There are so many blessings associated with the gospel that I cannot name them all.

I am also thankful for family and friends, for having a job that I like, for having books to read, for having food and clothing and shelter. Again, there are so many blessings that I cannot name them all.

I hope that we will always be a grateful and appreciative people. May you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

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Blogger Amira said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Mary.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Amira, thank you. And ahappy thanksgiving to you and your family, as well. I hope you've been having a very happy day!

2:50 PM  
Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Thanks for your stopping by to wish us a happy Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great time with friends and/or family.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

TF, thanks for stopping by here and for the Thanksgiving wishes. I did have a great time at our family gathering. We even had turducken and it was yummy!

1:59 AM  
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