Considering the Side Effects

If you have not read August’s On My Mind, it is a MUST read before “thinking and sharing” this month.

The challenge month is to consider the qualities I mentioned in this month’s “On My Mind” and to think about ways we can either incorporate one of the traits (gratitude, hope, faith) into our lives or cast one of the traits (bitterness, despair) out of our lives. We all need more ideas of how we can tangibly improve our lives, particularly as we deal with challenges that seem beyond what we can handle. What ideas do you have?

Community Response…


Although there are many blessings my husband and I desire right now (mainly a baby) we decided in August to have a fast of thanksgiving.  So for Fast Sunday instead of pleading and pouring out our hearts to ask for a miracle, we instead focused on all of the blessings he has so abundantly blessed us with.  Good jobs, a home, transportation, good health, family, friends, the gospel, temples, the scriptures, the Priesthood, our temple sealing, the plan of salvation, the atonement of Jesus Christ, and on and on.  By pausing to express thanks to our Father in Heaven our hearts were lightened a small degree.  In Alma 45:1 the Nephites were celebrating a victory over their enemies, “therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God; yea, and they did fast much and pray much, and they did worship God with exceedingly great joy.”  By having a “fast of thanksgiving” we let Heavenly Father know how grateful we are for the rich blessings we have received at his hand as there is much to be grateful for.


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