Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Gratitude Challenge

In this months issue of the Ensign, there is a challenge to the youth to write 100 things they are thankful for. It is broken up into 10 different categories. I decided it would be good for me to take the challenge also. Here it goes...

1. Write 10 physical abilities you are grateful for.
*My hair
*Being able to move without pain
*The ability to talk clearly
*10 fingers and 10 toes
*Being able to have children
*Being able to use my brain
*The ability to take care of my children

2. Write 10 material possessions you are grateful for.
*My cello
*My car
*The internet
*Good movies
*My computer
*My Anita Stansfield collection
*My cell phone
*My clothes
*OPI polish

3. Write 10 living people you are grateful for.
*Chad & Leah (Their married, so they count as one, right?)

4. Write 10 deceased people you are grateful for.
*Jesus Christ
*Grandma Bennett
*Grandpa Bennett
*Grandma Bateman
*Kallie Ann
*Jeremy (Josh's little brother)
*Gordon B. Hinckley
*Joseph Smith
*Emma Smith

5. Write 10 things about nature you are grateful for.
*Snow (within reason)
*Falling leaves
*The moon
*White roses
*Animals (except snakes)

6. Write 10 things about today you are grateful for.
*Relief Society tonight :)
*I get to play my cello
*Braxton made it to the bus on time.
*My kids woke up happy
*There are only 12 days until Christmas.
*The ability to exercise
*Getting to make music with friends.
*Taking a shower
*Putting on make-up :)

7. Write 10 places on earth you are grateful for.
*The Columbia River Temple
*Malad, ID
*Burbank, WA
*Pasco, WA
*Rexburg, ID
*Brigham City, UT
*Holden, UT
*Australia (I'm gonna go there...someday)
*My home
*The Bountiful Temple

8. Write 10 modern inventions you are grateful for.
*Cell phones
*The internet
*Portable DVD players
*GPS in my car
*Air conditioners
*Digital scrapbooking
*Washing machines

9. Write 10 foods you are grateful for.
*Boneless chicken wings
*Minestrone soup, salad and bread sticks from the Olive Garden.
*Marianne's homemade chicken noodle soup
*BBQ chicken
*Homemade salsa
*Daddy's shrimp dip
*Chicken fajita salad

10. Write 10 things about the gospel you are grateful for.
*Eternal families
*Christs birth
*The Atonement
*General conference
*Relief Society
*The scriptures
*Modern revelation
*Modern prophets
*Missionary work

Some categories were much easier to come up with than others, but I love having a physical list of the things I am grateful for. I encourage you to take the challenge! Some of your answers may surprise you. :)


  1. Because of her I gained a testimony of life after death and what it means to be an eternal family. Even though I was so sad that we wouldn't get to meet her in this life, I knew that because you and Scott were married and sealed in the temple that I would someday have the privilege of meeting this sweet little niece of mine and get to be with her for eternity.