The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Chattanooga area joins with everyone in “offering unto God thanksgiving” (Psalm 50:14).
“I try to always remember the Lord’s commandment to “rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks” (Doctrine & Covenants 98:1),” said Jason J. Isaacson, president of the Chattanooga stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I love that the Lord puts these two directives together. If we want to be really happy, we start by looking to God and all of the great blessings He bestows upon us. Gratitude toward our Heavenly Father for His glorious plan of salvation and to Jesus Christ for His atoning sacrifice brings us a fulness of joy.”
There is “power in gratitude,” President Russell M. Nelson teaches. This is why we are encouraged to “live in thanksgiving daily” (Alma 34:38).
President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “The spirit of gratitude is always pleasant and satisfying because it carries with it a sense of helpfulness to others; it begets love and friendship, and engenders divine influence.”
“Gratitude turns a meal into a feast,” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said. “One of the best ways we show our gratitude is by blessing the lives of those around us.”
This is why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues its “Light the World” initiative. This year’s initiative is Light the World with Love.” The initiative encourages each of us to “love God and love our neighbor by lifting up those who are down, helping fulfill the needs of those in want, and comforting those who hurt,” said Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Quorum of the Seventy.
Everyday, including the holidays, is about lighting the world with the Savior’s love. Jesus reminds, “I am the Light of the World: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).