Thursday Thoughts: Living the Abundant Life

Sunday’s Lesson was derived from this month’s First Presidency Message in the Ensign.  It was titled Living the Abundant Life and was written by President Thomas S. Monson.

President Monson basically pointed out to us that in this time of making New Years resolutions, we should be making an effort to find joy in our lives.  He wisely suggests 3 simple ways to execute this effort

  1. Attitude- In his Message President Monson shares with us the wise words of Charles Swindoll when he says

“Charles Swindoll—author, educator, and Christian pastor—said: “Attitude, to me, is more important than … the past, … than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”2

  1. Believe-

“Be honest with yourself, with others, and with your Heavenly Father.”-President Thomas S. Monson

“Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities.”-President Thomas S. Monson

  1. Courage-

“Courage becomes a worthwhile and meaningful virtue when it is regarded not so much as a willingness to die manfully but as a determination to live decently.”-Thomas S. Monson

“There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!”-Thomas S. Monson

This is a short message that has so many wonderful insights from our dear prophet.  If you take the time to read it, I know it will benefit you and give you the strength you need to rise to the challenges of your life right now.

For those of you who were not in relief Society this week, WHAT WAS YOUR LESSON ABOUT?

-Posted by Bri Lee


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