Not in order of importance:
1) What I call “pure Mormonism”. I’ve never found anything as mind-blowingly awesome, and I’ve been exposed to just about everything imaginable.
2) The concept of eternal unity. Being married to your “split-apart” is wonderful, but the belief that we will not be split apart again is even better.
3) The Word of Wisdom’s clear warning about addiction peddlers in the latter days. The rest can be debated ad infinitum; the focus is prophetic to the core.
4) Our own family’s Christmas star experience. (Sorry, no details here.) God truly does know the major events of our lives before they unfold.
5) Our children, both biological and otherwise.
6) My parents. (I have shared the story of my father’s sacrifice for my mother, and I can’t express adequately my thanks for that legacy that is uniquely Mormon.)
7) Some very difficult challenges that only make sense in hindsight; hence, the concept of enduring to the end.
8 ) The chance now to wake up each morning excited to go to work. (While my work is not LDS-related, getting here to it absolutely was – in a weird way.)
9) The chance to teach Seminary to our daughters in our home – and the secondary effect on our younger daughters.
10) The fellowship of the Saints, flawed though it may be - which includes all of you who read my thoughts here.
Just wondering: For what things about the LDS Church are you grateful?
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