Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Divine Gift of Gratitude

As we are all recovering from the horrific shock of the Los Angeles Lakers being the first team (but certainly not the last) eliminated from the NBA playoffs (tears), I would like to share a few words about something I have thought of often this week. What I speak of is Gratitude.

Last Friday, I received my first job. I now have the privilege of working at 1-800 Contacts as a Verification Specialist. It is a great company and offers great pay, especially for a college student trying to get his first degree. After receiving the job, my friend Reid e-mailed me to congratulate me on getting the position. He also offered some counsel, among which was the solemn truth that employment is a privilege not a right. He also counseled me to write a blog about gratitude.

I had planned to write about it last week, but decided instead to think about it a week and see how many things I was truly grateful for. Many came to mind, but I will only share a few of them here.

First and foremost, I am grateful for the life, mission, and atonement of Jesus of Nazareth. Without the knowledge I have of him and his work, life would be hollow, empty, and pointless. With the knowledge I have of him, life is enriching, fulfilling, and has deep purpose.

I am grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the for the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is one thing to know that a man named Jesus of Nazareth existed; it is another to know that he lives today and has restored the fulness of his gospel through a modern-prophet. I have said Joseph is a man after my own heart, and I am grateful for all that he did.

I am grateful for my membership in the true church of Jesus Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Along with that, I am grateful for modern men who lead the church under hard circumstances to the best of their abilities. Though I do not agree with them all the time, I appreciate their work and commitment.

I am grateful for family, both blood and non-blood. I do not believe blood is always family. Family are those who love you unconditionally, love you for who you are, and are always there for you when you need help most. Many people, both related and non-related, fill that void. I am so grateful for them.

I am grateful and proud to be an American. Unlike our first lady, I have always been proud of this country and always will be. Yes, out country is not perfect and we have many problems that face us now and in the future. But, this land will always be my home and it will always be a land of liberty. God Bless America.

I am grateful for literature, which along with scripture sustains the mind and the soul. I am grateful for science and technology, which brings dream to reality. I am grateful for all the great writers and scientists, who have given us so much and whom we give so little credit.

I am grateful for good health, which has allowed to do all the things I have wanted to do at this point in my mortal probation.

Lastly, I am grateful for all the blessings that have come into my life, which are too many to count. If there is one thing that I know for sure, it is that I have been blessed far more than I should have been or deserved to be.


  1. Thank you for that. Awesome write up brother.

  2. This was great to read Tarik. Got me thinking about all the blessings in my life too. Thanks.