Since it's Thanksgiving time, I thought I would take a few minutes and express gratitute for everything that I have. Well.. not everything, but some things anyway.
I am grateful for my family, including extended family, even if I don't see any of them very often. It's nice to know there are people that love and care about me.
I am grateful for the gospel. I know that it's true and without it, I have no idea who I would be. My whole life has been built on the gospel and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am grateful to be here at BYU where there is such a great atmosphere and thousands of people with the same beliefs and goals that I have. I have met some of the best people in the world here in Utah and am glad that I've ended up staying so long.
I am grateful for my friends. My roommates have always been wonderful and I really have lucked out in that aspect. College life would have been much much harder without them. I also have made some absolutely amazing friends throughout my life and don't know what I would have done without them.
I am grateful for an education. I have been able to do alot of things in life that wouldn't have been possible without the amazing opportunities for education that I have had and I can't wait to graduate and become a teacher so that I can hopefully have the same impact on other people's lives.
I am grateful for delicious food. There is something really great about eating a good meal that you really can't get from anything else, especially when it's home cooked deliciousness, which I have learned to appreciate even more being on my own and not being much of a cook.
I am grateful for my new car. I feel like it just sort of fell into my lap and everything worked out so that I could own it without being too much of a financial burden or slowing me down in school at all.
I am grateful for work. I have been employed somewhere for the past six years of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. I learned the value of work and the importance of earning what you have, and I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment because of it.
I am grateful for missionary work. I wanted to serve a mission and I'm sad that I won't be able to right now, but I'm grateful to all the incredible missionaries that teach me in the TRC. They are doing the Lord's work and I love knowing that they working as the Lord's instruments all over the world. I wish I could get all their names and addresses and write them throughout their missions to let them know that, but I'll just keep them in my prayers instead because that would be a bit much I think.
I am grateful for the mountains that I have the opportunity to live next to. They are absolutely gorgeous and I love that I can just look out my window and see them and that they are so close by so I can just go for a hike whenever I want.
I am grateful for my trials. I really am. They make me more sympathetic and understanding as well as teach me how to better live my life and again, I wouldn't be who I am today without them. I would probably still be incredibly immature (not to say I'm mature now, but I'm getting there slowly) and thoughtless had I not had trials in my life at all.
I am grateful for my hometeachers and visiting teachers. They are such wonderful examples to me of people trying to live the gospel and they do a great job of making me feel like they actually care about me and like they will be there for me if I need anything.
I am grateful for my piano. I love music and the fact that I just had a piano given to me by my amazing boss makes me so happy! I can just play that thing whenever I want to, and I get to listen to my talented roommates play as well and I love that too.
I am grateful for music in general. Man that stuff makes me happy and it's so theraputic. Who doesn't love music? I mean really.
I could probably go on for a few days about the things I'm grateful for, but I think I'll just stop there for now. Maybe I'll write more later since it is Thanksgiving time and expressing thanks is the thing to do.