Thursday, November 24, 2011


It Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be Thankful for.

I am grateful to my many friends. I don't spend time with you all. Some its only on the Internet but I am glad that I live in a time where I can stay in touch even remotely with friend and people who I have met along the way.

I am glad Shayla is home from the Hospital and that the clots are treatable. I am Thankful to live in a time where we can treat things that killed many people without them even knowing what it was.

I am most grateful for a family that loves me despite my flaws and am grateful to spend it with them. (Karina you'll be missed but glad we saw your family a few weeks ago)

Despite live in "trying times" I am grateful for the blessings I have. I have seen poverty and cruelty in the world but I know of the goodness of God as well.

I would like to share a story that a cyber friend shared with me yeas ago. It has meant a lot to me.

At the end of the war in France in 1918, there was a Thanksgiving service held by the Army chaplains of all the major denominations. Elder Roberts sat at the rear of the stand. During the service it was announced that "Elder Roberts, the Mormon Chaplain from Utah, will now step up and led the Thanksgiving Psalm." Elder Roberts was stunned, but he got up from his seat and moved towards the podium. Elder Roberts was a Biblical scholar. He knew and studied the Bible regularly, including the book of Psalms, but he had never heard of the "Thanksgiving Psalm". As he walked forward to the podium the Spirit whispered to him "read the one hundredth Psalm." He turned to the Psalm and read:

1 MAKE a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth emarrass to all generations.

After reading this Psalm and returning to his seat, Elder Roberts noted that many of the Chaplains were looking at the floor, looking a bit ashamed. Elder Roberts felt that this had been an attempt to embarrass both Elder Roberts and the Church. Returning to his tent after the service, Elder Roberts knelt down and offered up a prayer of thanksgiving; thankful for a mindful Father in Heaven who provided that prompting in a time of need.

For some it will be a day of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, and hours and hours of American Football. For others it will be a time of reflection and gratitude for those blessings that Heavenly Father has bestowed upon them.

I hope that all of us, whether it be in the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, or any of the other countries that you live in; will take some time and reflect upon the blessings that you and your family have had for this year.

"Count your many blessings, angles will attend..." is one of the hymns that we sing at Sacrament meeting. Why not do so with your family? Take an inventory of those blessings that you have in your life, both temporal and, more to the point, spiritually. You will more than likely see that you are not forgotten nor ignored by a loving Heavenly Father. May the blessings of Heavenly Father be with you and your family.

Happy Thanksgiving. Reuben Dunn

Thanks Reuben for reminding me about Thanksgiving!