Monday, January 6, 2014

Living the Abundant Life: A Legacy Worth Leaving

If you know me, or if you at least read my profile, you will know that my family and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are "Mormons." I don't usually get preachy, but our Prophet said something last year that I thought was absolutely right on the money with what Chris and I are tyring to do here on our homestead, and I want to share it with you.

In the January 2012 edition of the Ensign, President Thomas S. Monson wrote a message titled, "Living the Abundant Life." He says:

"At the advent of a new year, I challenge Latter-day Saints everywhere to undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life—a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings."

He then gives us a way to achieve that, by providing us with the ABC's of Living Abundantly.

A- A is for Attitude. He says, "We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude."

B- B is for Believe. You have to believe in yourself, the people around you, and in God. "You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith."

C- C is for Courage. He says that it takes courage to be willing to die for what you believe in, but that courage becomes much more meaningful when you make the conscious decision to LIVE FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE!  

"There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!

"Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required. “Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

Read the full article here. Or go to and search "Living the Abundant Life."

When we are living The Abundant Life, we are creating a legacy that is worth leaving to our children and our grandchildren. We are teaching them how to live, and what to want, when we do this right. And the world will be a better place for our efforts.