In 2007, President Henry B. Eyring gave a general conference address about how he maintains a grateful heart in his life. He told the story of how his father-in-law was serving his family one day by helping them with some heavy housework. As President Eyring witnessed this, the Spirit whispered to him that he needed to write these blessings and experiences down, whenever he saw the Lord’s hand in his life.
This experience led President Eyring to adopt the daily practice of writing down the blessings and witnesses of God’s love that he saw in his life. He says:
“I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: ‘Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?’ As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done. More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.”
Have you taken the time this month to reflect on what you are thankful for? Have you written those blessings down? Maybe this video can help put you in the spirit of Thanksgiving.