Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

I think I may have posted this video last year, but it's a good one. I have been reflecting a lot lately on all the things for which I am grateful. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would list some (more to help me appreciate them than anything else).

1. I am thankful for God. I thankful that I know that He lives and that I have a relationship with Him. I am thankful that He knows me, that He merciful and quick to forgive. I am thankful for His Son, Jesus Christ and for His atonement.

2. I am thankful for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and my testimony of it. I am thankful for the restoration of His Church, His Priesthood, and for living oracles who have been called and anointed to guide us and speak His will.

3. I am thankful for my beautiful wife; that she loves me and thinks I'm pretty great. I am thankful, particularly because it was not that long ago that I feared I never would get married. She is great and makes me want to be a better person.

4. I am thankful to be a father and for my amazing son. He is awesome. I have learned so much about life and love in the two years since he was born. I am thankful for the feelings I get when he gets excited to see me.

5. I am thankful for the rest of my family; for my parents and grandparents. For all that they have taught me and for the legacy of faith they passed to me. I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws, for my siblings and siblings-in-law, and for my fun nieces and nephews.

6. I am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in the nation in which I was born. I am thankful to all who sacrificed to make and keep us free.

7. I am thankful to have a good job, especially in this time when so many are looking. Along those lines, I am thankful for a home, for food to eat, and for all the "stuff" I have been blessed enough to afford.

That's a short list. There is much more, but that covers the basics. What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Religious "Tolerance"

Where are the calls for religious tolerance? Who will defend these actions of the religion of "peace"? I try really hard to believe the people who tell me that Islam is a religion of peace and its just the fanatic militants who are the problem. It hard to do so when one sees a story like this one - Pakistan is putting a woman to death because she allegedly insulted Muhammad and Islam. And these adherents of the religion of peace shed tears of joy over such a verdict. The audacity of people to claim that Muslims are persecuted in this country. There is talk of allowing devout Muslims to void security screenings at airports for religious reasons, for heavens sake.

Thursday, November 4, 2010