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Tenderness

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The Lord blesses us with tenderness each day.  He loves us.  He shares His tender mercies with us.  Today a tender mercy was my mom driving me to work so I would not be late.  It was the smile that Betty, another teller, gave me as I was working.

The Lord helps us to see the Lord’s tender mercies in our lives.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

Being grateful for what we have just helps us to be happier.  At least it does for me.  I have realized this past week as I have woken up and looked at my blessings each day, that the day goes better and I am happier.  I am not so cynical or judgmental of others and I am more forgiving.  I am grateful for the counsel that I have been given to be grateful.

In the “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet it states under gratitude:

“The Lord wants you to have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you.

In your prayers, pour out your heart to your Father in Heaven in thanks for the blessings you have received. Be specific in thanking Him for His goodness, for your family, for friends, for leaders and teachers, for the gospel, and for His Son, Jesus Christ.

You also express gratitude to the Lord by the way you live. When you keep His commandments and serve others, you show that you love Him and are grateful to Him. Express your gratitude to others for the many ways they bless your life.

How can I express sincere gratitude for my blessings?”

Because I have been given much

Each of us has been given so much as children of God.  Everything that we have is from God.  I love the hymn, “Because I have been given much.”  Reflect on part of the lyrics:

“Because I have been given much, I too must give… because of my great bounty lord each day I live…I shall give love to those in need, I’ll show that love by word and deed…Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.”

Christ has gone through all that we have gone through so that we might be happy and return to Him again.

A Tower and Name to Reach Heaven

A Tower to Reach Heaven

People in Babel, as is discussed in Genesis 11:1-9 were a wicked people who wanted to reach heaven.  So they decided to build a tower for the purpose of reaching heaven.  In Genesis 11: 4 it says:

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

This angered the Lord because His people, whom He created, turned away from Him and His teachings.  They reverted to their own wisdom and their own means to do those things that they wanted.  They tried to reach heaven through purely carnal means.  They relied upon the arm of flesh to reach Heaven, when in actuality this cannot be done.  Not only that, they also deceived others by talking about making themselves a ‘name’ so that they would be known.  When really we must take upon ourselves a name: the name of Jesus Christ.

As a result of this, the Lord scattered the people of Babel by confounding their languages, meaning He mixed their languages.  This made it so people could no longer understand each other.  Those who could understand each other would soon band together with the few other people they could comprehend.

During this time, there were a group of people named the Jaredites, who we read about in the Book of Mormon.  They were a righteous people living in the wicked city of Babel.  They did not want to be scattered as the Lord was scattering the people, so they prayed to Him and asked that He would spare them from having their language confounded and being scattered.  He blessed them with that desire.  Sometimes all we need to do in life is pray and faith in God that He will answer our prayers.  He does love us and as we follow Him, He truly waits to bless us.

A Name

One of Satan’s tactics in ensnaring each of us is to mimic the things of the Lord.  He makes something counterfeit seem as real as he can.  He tries to make people believe that they can make a name for themselves and that by doing so they can reach heaven.  But this is not the way that Lord has revealed to us.  He has told us in scripture in Mosiah 3:17 in the Book of Mormon:

“And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ the Lord Omnipotent.”

So some may wonder how we can take upon ourselves the name of Christ.  This is most commonly done at baptism and through making sacred covenants with the Lord.  A few chapters later in the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon this is explained to us in Mosiah 5:5-7 which reads:

“And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God: to do his will, and to be obedient to His commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.

And now, these are the words which king Benjamin desired of them; and therefore he said unto them:  Ye have spoken the words that I desired; and the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant.

And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.”

While the people of the Babel tried to create a name for themselves by building the tower in order to reach heaven, we as followers of Christ choose to take upon us His name: the name of Jesus Christ.  We know that this is the only way that any may gain salvation.

The Lord has prepared a way for each of us to reach heaven.  He has prepared a name for us.  As we follow Him and His son, we take upon His name and truly become His sons and His daughters.

Remembering our Heavenly Father at Thanksgiving

Our Father in Heaven is the person responsible for all we have.  If it were not for Him, we would not even have our own lives.  How grateful I am to my Father in Heaven for the numerous blessings that I have received and that I will yet receive.  Mostly, I am grateful for His Son, Jesus Christ, who has made it possible for me to return back to my Father in Heaven washed clean from the things of the world.

Thanksgiving Daily

While it does not have to be around Thanksgiving time to think about all we are thankful for, I thought I would share this video about how giving thanks can change our perspective, and how when we each try to recognize things in our lives to be thankful about our eyes are opened to many of the innumerable things that the Lord does for us each day.  He truly does love us.

Problems Remembering…

Where did my memory go?

Modern Medical Technology

One of the things that I am particularly grateful for is the modern technology in medical areas.  If it had not been for this, I believe that I would still be far from recovered when talking about my diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder.  In fact, I would probably still be in a hospital in the mental health unit.

I am specifically grateful for Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as shock therapy.  This extra help and knowledge of curing, helped switch my mind and thinking around, and I feel like it turned me back around 180 degrees to see the light again.

ECT is not for everyone, but while I was in the hospital for the third time, I believe it was, my psychiatrist suggested it to me.  I thought about it, and pretty much I was up for anything and I really did not care, because I just wanted to be done.  So, it ended up being a go and I had some testing done beforehand to check my memory etc.

ECT

At the hospital, they did ECT every other day in the mornings.  I was not to eat or drink anything the night before past a certain time.  Then, they would get me up in the morning, have me change into a hospital gown, and escort me down to the ECT room.  There, I would lay in a bed, have the anesthesiologist connect me to the anesthesia, and have other aides place wires on my head in different places around my skull: some on my temples, a couple on my forehead, and a couple behind my ears.

Then, before I knew it, I was conked out by the anesthesia.  The doctor who administered the therapy would push some buttons and administer a kind of shock wave to my brain.  Usually, patients had a series of anywhere from ten to twelve treatments.  After, a patient is seeming to do better, only one or two more treatments are administered.  I ended up having to have only seven.

Problems Remembering

There are some side effects of ECT.  Primarily, it affects one’s memory.  This is so true for me.  Many times now, I have a difficult time recalling specific events during my depression or even months before it’s onset.  I remember trying to go back to school a couple weeks after my ECT treatments were completed, and having a very difficult time remembering lectures that professors had given.

I talked to my professors and I started to bring a tape recorder with me to class.  Not long after that is when I was told that I was not to be in school at the time by the University Administration, because I had been given a medical deferment.

While I was not happy at the time with the thought of not being back at school when I felt better, I am extremely grateful now that they told me I could not be there.  I am grateful because I am sure my GPA would have suffered greatly had I chosen to stay.

Lessons Learned

So, what does any of this have to do with you?  One thing that I learned through having ECT is the lesson of not remembering anymore.  This has strengthened my testimony of the Lord forgetting our sins when we truly repent.  I know what it is like to not remember, and I know that He does not remember when we repent.  He looks over our faults to where we are right now.  He does not continue to look back at all of the mistakes we have made in our lives.  He helps us to become better people.

Having ECT also helped me to learn gratitude for the knowledge and abilities that the Lord has given to man.  Were it not for God imparting His knowledge to man, I am sure Electro-Convulsive Therapy would not be known.  I love this quote by Brigham Young:

“There is no ingenious mind that has ever invented anything beneficial to the human family but what he obtained it from the one Source, whether he knows or believes it or not.  There is only one Source whence men obtain wisdom, and that is God, the Fountain of all wisdom; and though men may claim to make their discoveries by their own wisdom, by meditation and reflection, they are indebted to our Father in heaven for all.”

God is the one who imparts knowledge and wisdom to others in order to benefit and bless mankind.  I am daily extremely grateful for His wisdom.

By having ECT, I have learned to be grateful to my Heavenly Father for all He blesses me with, especially my life.  I am grateful to be alive and pray every day that I might live to do the things that He would have me do.