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Thanksgiving Special  (November 19, 2017) - #4601 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Ryan Murphy
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Prayer of Thanksgiving”
Music: Edward Kremser
Lyrics: Dutch hymn translated by Theodore Baker
Additional lyrics by Julia Bulkley Cady Cory
Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins

“Homeward Bound”1
by Marta Keen
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Organ solo)
English folk tune
Arrangement: Dale Wood

“Fantasy on Kingsfold
English folk tune
Arrangement: H. Dean Wagner
Featuring Bells on Temple Square, LeAnna Willmore conducting

“Simple Gifts”
Shaker song
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
African-American Spiritual
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CDs Homeward Bound and Love Is Spoken Here and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.

The Spoken Word

“A Basket of Blessings”

Some time ago, a family was going through a challenging time. Their world seemed to crumble around them, and all of their attention and energy was consumed in their problems. Recognizing that this was not how they wanted to live their lives, they decided to turn to heaven for help.

That’s when a miracle happened. No, their problems didn’t disappear. Rather, a good friend of the family helped them see that they had what she called a “basket” of blessings—and it was “overflowing.” The mother of the family said: “We realized that we were surrounded by goodness and were being cheered on from every side. We began as a family to express our gratitude to each other as well as to the Lord daily.”

So each night the family would gather to talk about the blessings that they noticed had been added to their basket that day. “The more we expressed gratitude,” the mother observed, “the more there was to be grateful for.” Challenges became more manageable as they recognized that God had been close by all along.1

We all have a “basket of blessings,” though we don’t always remember to look inside it. There are blessings—large and small—all around us, even when it seems that blessings are hard to come by. Very often, our basket fills most quickly with small and simple blessings: a beautiful day, a kind word, a good friend, a loving family, a smile, or something that makes us smile.

This season of Thanksgiving might be a good time to notice these blessings. Doing so could inspire us to be more intentional about expressing gratitude to the Lord and to countless others who bless our lives. And it might lead us to share our abundance with others, especially with those whose basket may not be quite as full.

As we “live in thanksgiving daily,”2 we will find that our basket of blessings truly is overflowing, and our outlook on life will improve in all of the most important ways.

1 See Bonnie D. Parkin, “Gratitude: A Path to Happiness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2007, 34.
2 Alma 34:38.