Monday, November 19, 2018

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf on seeing God's handiwork in our lives

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (born November 6, 1940) served as a Seventy from 1994-2004, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve.  He served as second counselor in the First Presidency from 2008 to 2018.
"How blessed we are if we recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life. Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes! A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.
"The Lord has given us His promise that those 'who [receive] all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto [them], even an hundred fold, yea, more.' (D&C 78:19; emphasis added.)
"May we 'live in thanksgiving daily' (Alma 34:38)—especially during the seemingly unexplainable endings that are part of mortality. May we allow our souls to expand in thankfulness toward our merciful Heavenly Father. May we ever and constantly raise our voices and show by word and deed our gratitude to our Father in Heaven and to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Grateful in Any Circumstances," General Conference April 2014
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It is truly a miracle to "recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life." When we begin to comprehend that His hand is involved in so many aspects of our existence, we will discover more and more ways in which His blessings come to us. Our recognition and gratitude to Him are the ways we become like Him, and the ways we draw more of His influence to ourselves.

There can hardly be a greater promise than the Lord's statement that when we receive everything with thankfulness, we'll be "made glorious" and receive a hundredfold of God's blessings. The invitation to each of us is to "show by word and deed our gratitude to our Father in Heaven and to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ."

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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