Gratitude Day #26
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Gratitude Day #25
Today I am grateful for missionaries.
Missionaries do hard work. and I am grateful for those who have had a direct impact on the course of my life. There is much sacrifice on their part, and on the part of their families.
In the 1940s, my parents and sisters were living in Logan County, West Virginia when Mom opened the door to two missionaries.
Accepting their call as a missionary to West Virginia, they came ready to preach the gospel. My parents' house was one of the doors they knocked on. When Mom answered the door, she wasn't looking for any church at all; but there was something that resonated in their message.
And, after listening to their teachings over a number of lessons, she made the decision to be baptized, along with my three sisters. Dad wasn't interested at all, so don't bother him with it.
This was in 1948, when women often did the bidding of her husband. Mom was going to do it with or without him. I believe she recognized truth, and saw a way to better her family.
So, in September of that year, she and Fern, Jean, and Betty were baptized. And, it began to change our family forever.
A couple of years later, Dad had moved the family to Ohio for three reasons:
- To find a better job.
- To secure better education for my sisters.
- To make sure there was no Mormon church. (The missionaries had gotten a little too pushy for Dad. Dad would not be pushed in anything.)
Oh, and me? Yes, I served one, too! I served two years (2014-2016) as a missionary for the FamilySearch Wiki. I was over the Library and Archives for all 50 states, checking to make sure the information provided was good and credible. Anyone with a desire to do the work can find a place to serve.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Gratitude Day #23
Today I am grateful for modern conveniences
I am so grateful that I live during a time when I can walk into a room and flip a switch to have light.
That I can turn a key to start an engine to a car.
That I don't have to chop wood to cook or stay warm. I can turn my furnace up, turn on the oven or cook on the stove top, and even have a baked potato in moments.
I am grateful to be able to stand in a shower and have warm water flow down my head and soothe my shoulders, or to soak and flop around in the tub.
I am grateful for a vacuum cleaner to inhale the dirt that gets carried in.
I'm grateful for windows that keep the elements out, but the beauty in.
I'm grateful that I don't have to grow sheep or cotton to make my own clothing - that I have the luxury of shopping and/or having it delivered. This would include not having to cobble shoes to try to fit my feet.
I'm grateful for warm and cozy bedding that I didn't have to make, although I could. And, if I get really cold I can simply turn on a blanket and be warmer in moments.
I'm grateful for my big digital camera to take beautiful photos that I can see in an instant. I'm also grateful for a cell phone that connects me with my family, and with the world. That I can take a picture of a picture and send it in seconds to my sister.
I'm grateful to be able to mow with my tractor - that I don't have to wield a scythe or have a herd of goats in the yard or the back field. I like goats, but I don't have to depend on them yet.
I'm grateful for grocery stores. I can go into a store and get just about anything I want to eat or make. I don't have to grind the flour - but I can. I don't have to milk a cow or raise chickens. The convenience of being able to have foods from all over the world amazes me, for I can even have it delivered to my front door.
I guess I'm just grateful.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Gratitude Day #22
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Gratitude day #21
Today I am grateful for my genealogy colleagues.
And I have many! Of the 1700+ Facebook friends that I have, the majority of them are genealogy friends.
The capacity of my own learning has been expanded through knowing these fine people. Their knowledge far exceeds my own, and I am grateful for the times they pointed me in the right direction, gave me information on a new resource, helped me in library and archives, developed websites that hold a tremendous amount of sources, host webinars and podcasts, etc.
That list is neverending.
I must also point out that not all of these colleagues are professional genealogists, or even credentialed. But, they bring their expertise to the table in so many ways.
Some are friends I have met at conferences or through webinars.
My life has been tremendously enriched - because of you.
And, I am grateful for that.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Gratitude day #20
Today I am grateful for my faith.
That includes all aspects of my faith - my Church, my prayers, my scriptures, etc. There really is no end.
Just a few moments ago, I was able to listen to a message from the President of our Church, Russell M. Nelson. This 96 year-old man is an inspiration to all who have met him. Prior to his calling to be a General Authority in the Church, he was a renowned heart and cardio-thoracic surgeon who helped in the development of the heart-lung machine.
He is a man of science. He is a man of God.
He had a special message that was broadcast over several internet venues, such as youtube, Facebook, and the Church's website found here: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng
His message was one of healing that can be found with gratitude, and challenged all of us to express that gratitude over the next seven days throughout social media using the hashtag: #GiveThanks. Then, see if you are a different person at the end of those seven days.
He also encouraged the following:
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Gratitude Day #19