I have truly been blessed in my life. Not only do I always have the essentials (food, water, shelter, safety, transportation, etc.), but I have been blessed with what I consider to be the most important thing, which is knowledge that my Father in Heaven loves me wants what is best for me. I know without a doubt that we are his children and that we can return to live with Him again. I know that we were sent here to be tested and tried, and sometimes life is inexplicably trying, so that we can be better people. We don't always understand all that happens to us here, but I have faith that our Father does know. He will always be there for us when we feel we are ready to talk to Him.
I'm feeling especially thankful during this holiday time (what is it about this time of year that makes everyone so much nicer and happier? I wish it were more like this year round. ) for my faith. It has sustained me during difficult times in my life. I haven't had anything heartbreakingly difficult happen to me like some people. I have my health and all my family is still alive. I am mentally sound (I think) and my children are adorable and healthy. I have an education, a home, a husband who loves me unconditionally, and amazing friends. I live in a free country and feel safe walking outside my door. And this is just scratching the surface of all that I have and am thankful for.
Most important in this list of things are the people I have in my life. Where would I be without them? I feel that life would be most depressing if I thought this was the only time I would see them, during this short existence. I know that I will be with my family and friends again in the next life. I know that through the blessings of the temple, I can be with my family for eternity. I feel truly comforted by this knowledge. Elder Dallin H. Oaks (he's a general authority in my
church) says we need to have "an attitude of gratitude". I encourage you all to keep this in mind, not only during this month, but always. I'm also grateful for the technology that allows me to share my thoughts, feelings, and testimony with anyone who cares to read it.