In the next seven days, your friends who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are going to fill your timeline with gratitude posts. Perhaps you might be wondering, “What’s the #GiveThanks hashtag all about?” The reason behind will surprise you – and might convince you to join, too.
The #GiveThanks challenge is an invitation from the President and Prophet of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson as a way to find joy during this pandemic. He calls the invitation a chance to experience the “healing power of Gratitude” – something “that may seem surprising — because it flies in the face of our natural intuitions.”
As a one global family, President Nelson invites even those who do not belong in the church to participate in making social media a personal gratitude journal – a place to express thanks for the Savior, for family, friends, colleagues, literature, and the gift of life.
Together with the invitation to be more grateful, President Nelson also encouraged everyone to express more gratitude in their prayers because “prayers bring forth miracles.”
The invitation comes with a promise from the Prophet – the power of gratitude may not completely eradicate sorrow, grief, sadness, and pain, but it will give those who participate a “greater perspective on the very purpose and joy of life” and will help them become “happier and be at peace.”
The pandemic has brought about so many emotions and challenges to everyone in the world. If you’re looking to find moments of peace in these troubled times, we invite you to join us in the #GiveThanks challenge. Find out more about this invitation, here.