Everyone’s life is different, but all of us experience hard times. Sometimes we may feel sad or lonely. Sometimes we may be sick or confused. But there is one thing we can always do to make life sweeter and more joyful. We can be grateful!
It’s easy to count our blessings when life is going well. But the Lord also expects us to be thankful during hard times. Instead of being thankful for things, we can be thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.
We can choose to be like the Mormon pioneers. During their slow and painful trek toward the Great Salt Lake, they sang and danced and praised God instead of complaining about how hard the journey was.
We can choose to be like the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was a prisoner in Liberty Jail. While there, he wrote a letter encouraging the Saints to “cheerfully” do good things and have faith in God (D&C 123:17).
Being grateful during hard times does not mean that we are happy with our circumstances. It does mean that we have faith to look beyond our challenges. When we are grateful, we trust God and hope for things we may not see but which are true. By being grateful, we follow the example of our beloved Savior, who said, “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
Lights, Camera, Attitude!
Many scripture heroes had good attitudes even during hard times. Read the scriptures about the people below. How did they act during their trials? How can you be more like them? Act out their story and send us a picture!
Many Ways to Say Thank You
Match the different ways of saying thank you with the countries where those languages are spoken. Some of these languages are spoken in lots of countries! Check answers below.
thank you (English)