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Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 450

Despite wake more tired than when I went to bed, I am grateful for a new start. It’s nice that each day can be a “do over” day, a chance to live just a little bit closer to the Spirit and a chance to make amends for the things I need to work on.

Today I was reading in 2 Nephi 1:29 and was reminded of how important it is to be a true friend, a real friend. to be honest, most “friends” come and go. Friends I had in high school are long gone from the picture with the rare occasion of a Facebook post. Even my adult friends have become more like acquaintances then life long friends. I can count those life long friends, friends that I can count on, friends I would give up comfort for, friends I could lean on when times were too hard to bare, on one hand. Like my friend Jo. I am thankful for loyal, true friends who despite distances are still the kind of friend who would walk through fire with you.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

The thing is, I wonder how we get family members to be this kind of friend. I mean, I’m pretty sure Laman, Lemuel, and Nephi had some issues with trust. I’m am not sure that they would call each other friends.

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17

Why is this the case? How do families turn that around? This is something I need to ponder and to turn. I have a deep desire that my children will be true friends to each other long after I am gone. However, that starts here and now. How does a parent encourage that?

After finishing off chapter 1, I moved on to 2 Nephi 2. This chapter in the Book of Mormon is packed with gems. It is one of my favorite chapters of scriptures because it is SO juicy! I can see that this chapter will take me several days.

I am thankful that John came to help me start hanging the false proscenium tonight. and I am thankful for the 4 kids that stayed to help.

I am thankful the time I had at the beginning of my day to make meals. At least I ate real food today.

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