President Nelson asks Latter-day Saints to Progress from Giving Thanks to Serving One Another

President Russell M Nelson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stated on his Instagram:


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On November 20, I offered a message and prayer of gratitude for the world and everyone in it. I am grateful and humbled that you would join in thanking God for His countless blessings to each of us.

I urge you to make expressing gratitude to God a part of your daily life. An attitude of gratitude gives us better perspective and more peace of mind and heart.

I hope you will also continue to pray daily to our Heavenly Father. We are His children, and He loves us with the care of a tender parent.

Now, as we enter the Christmas season and celebrate the living Christ, one of the most powerful ways we can show our gratitude is by serving His children. Let us follow His example to “Light the World” by loving and serving others, one by one. #GiveThanks #LightTheWorld


President Nelson's urge to transition from publicly giving thanks and growing a habit of gratitude, to now turning that gratitude into service. The reason why I believe this is such a good transition is because for the last we were able to not only be grateful for the blessings we have in our life, but we also were given glimpses into the lives of our fellow men. 

As I was scrolling through my social media feed, I saw people post their gratitude on their hardships, their struggles, and daily battles that they fight. It made me realize how comfortable my life can be at times, and how much more grateful I should be about the blessings that have been bestowed on me. 

The best example of someone who loved and served his fellow men was our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we go about this holiday season and celebrate the Birth of the Son of God, let us try to live our life like him, and serve those who are less fortunate than us and love them. At times during the Christmas season, we can get sucked into cycle of constant consumption of gifts, parties, and events. If we take the time to follow the advice of our prophet President Nelson and, " follow His example to “Light the World” by loving and serving others, one by one."