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STIMULATOR message for the week of November 23, 1971


Message from President Eugene C. Ludwig, dated November 23, 1971.

“ACT OUT YOUR THANKS!”   “600” in 1971  (To date — 656)

Dear Missionaries,

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of your in our prayers.  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God and our Father.”  (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)  Gratitude is a divine attribute.  We find it through an understanding of our own identity and our relationship with God, who is the giver of all that is worthwhile in life.  How grateful we should be for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the opportunity we have to serve here in this beautiful land as missionaries.

Maybe the words of Della Adams Leitner, in her poem “Open Thou Mine Eyes” could better express my feelings in regard to gratitude:

Help me not to miss the splendor
In the common place, I pray;
Lord, I ask for inner vision
As I walk in faith today.
There are blessings all around me,
Reaching out for me to see,
Give me sight to recognize them,
All the good Thou hast for me.

Let my gratitude be constant
Let my heart respond with praise,
Let a prayer of thanks be given
For the manifested ways
Thou dost show Thy daily guidance,
Thy protection and Thy care;
Open thou mine eyes, my Father
To thy presence everywhere.

Sister Ludwig and I are grateful that we realize the fact that material possessions alone do not bring happiness.  We are grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the happiness and joy it has brought into our lives, and for the opportunity it has given us to render service.  We are thankful for the loved ones and loyal friends and above all, for the knowledge that a kind and loving Father will give guidance to all those who sincerely seek Him.  May we “…live in thanksgiving daily.”  (Alma 34.38) by walking uprightly before the Lord and being true to the trust He has given us.

Faithfully yours,
President Eugene C. Ludwig

“WHENEVER A MAN FINDS NOTHING TO BE THNKFUL FOR, HE HAS TO REACH UP TO TOUCH BOTTOM.”  (Award of Excellence to Elder Stanley)


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