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Yes, Mormons Celebrate Thanksgiving


A dear friend, who know that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (otherwise know as the Mormons), asked me the other day if I celebrate Thanksgiving.

A great question!

Of course, most people throughout the world and throughout history have celebrated the harvest and given thanks to whatever God they believed in.

In the United States George Washington called for a day of thanksgiving after the battle of Trenton, a battle which saved the Revolution.  And when he became President, he called for an annual day of thanksgiving.

I’m glad we have Thanksgiving.  It’s good for us to take a moment once in a while and contemplate what we have to be thankful for.  It’s good for us, puts us in a different frame of mind.  It brings peace to our heart and our very soul.  It softens us and helps us remember what is truly important.

Taking time to thank God, our Heavenly Father, for those things brings humility.  Not humiliation, and not subservience.  But humility.

Humility is knowing we are God’s children and turning to Him in faith and in prayer.  It is trusting Him, believing (or trying to be believing) that He is there, that He loves us, and that He can, and will, help and guide us and our friends and loved ones.  Humility is turning to God and being teachable enough that we act on the inspiration that He sends to us.

If you ever wonder if a thought that comes to you is from God or not, there is a sure way to tell.  “For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.” Moroni 7:16-17.

There are many, many benefits to being thankful.  In fact, it is so important that members of the Church are taught from our early childhood on up to pray daily and always to thank Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given us.

Not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving, we essentially do it on a daily basis.  🙂

 

I Love George Washington!


Yes, I love George Washington!  And today being the birthday of the United States of America it is a fitting time to write about my admiration for our country’s first President.

So many things make George Washington worthy of note.

He is the father of our country.  He spent 45 years in service to our country.  He was our first President.  He could have been made King, but he refused to even consider such a thing, saying that we had just fought for our freedom from tyranny and we would never be subject to sovereignty again.  Not only that, but he stepped down as the General of the Army when the war was won.  Never before in the history of the world had such a thing happened.  Usually the army would take over the country when they fought off the enemy.  He did not allow the army to march on Congress to demand their back-pay and the other benefits owed them for their service to their fledgling country.  It would be wrong to do so.

Though he lost many battles, George Washington was a great general.  He worked with what he was given, molded and transformed it into a continental army and was able to defeat the British.  He never gave up; staying with it for 8 long and grueling years.  They faced incredible and impossible-to-imagine hardships.  Through it all he remained firm and steadfast in defense of his country, inspiring others to band together and do their part in the making of a new nation not only for them but for untold millions to follow.  It pleases me to no end that the United States keeps him as their top general no matter how many other generals may follow.

He was an honorable man.  Always looking to improve himself he developed a personal creed that he followed all the days of his life.  He was a deeply religious man, attending and participating in various churches regularly, asking for clergy involvement throughout the activities of his life, and praying daily for wisdom and help from the deity he knew and loved, particularly during his most trying circumstances.  Some claim he was not religious as he joined no particular group.  I believe he did not find the complete truth he was looking for, but never gave up searching and doing the best he could with what was available.

Another proof of his devotion to God was his great care in using the sacred name of deity.  Thus, he most often, and in fact very often, referred to God as “Providence”.  What a beautiful show of love and utmost respect!

Many of the negative things you hear about George Washington today are absolutely false, “fairy tales” conjured up to discredit him.

I admit that he owned slaves.  Owning slaves was something society did back then.  Looking down on him simply for owning slaves is akin to historians 200 years from now looking down on you simply because society today has succumbed to fear of religion and looks down on those who profess belief in God, rather than remaining enlightened and embracing religious freedom!  And like their looking down on us for our society’s becoming divisive, various groups splintering off and setting themselves apart from the whole simply based on their race, color, gender, nationality, class, religion, age, marital status, physical ability, or political affiliation!

Yes, I love George Washington!  I love the freedoms we enjoy today because of him and so many others like him who paid the price for the blessings we enjoy today.

George Washington


1795 - 1823

1795 – 1823 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We just finished watching a 1984 TV miniseries about George Washington starring Barry Bostwick, and I am very moved.

 

I love George Washington.  He was an amazing man, and did something no one before or since has done.  He was an honorable man, and always did what was best for this country.

 

His faith in God, whom he reverenced so much that he referred to God as “Providence“, carried him through the excruciating trials of the war against Britain, battling for American independence and our freedom.  He could have been made king then.  But he recognized that that would defeat the purpose for which he had just been fighting.  He refused to even consider such a form of leadership for the fledgling nation.

 

Instead, he accepted becoming President.  President of the united states, 13 colonies who had banded together to form a new nation, a free nation, a democracy.  He continued to turn to “Providence” in those years also, as there had never been a free country before and there was no pattern to follow.  He sought guidance daily, and put together a form of government that still stands today.

 

Watching what our forefathers endured to pay for this freedom makes me appreciate my freedom all the more.  So many suffered so much, incredible hardships that I can’t even fully imagine.  How thankful I am to the many people who then gave, and have since given, so much so that I can enjoy freedom today.  I am thankful to George Washington for his courage and endurance, and his foresight in wanting to set up a government that would serve generations to come.

 

And I am thankful to a kind and loving Father in Heaven who placed these people on the earth at the right times and guided them to accomplish the wonderful, though difficult, things they carried out.

 

I am thankful for my freedom!