Hugs and Kind Words (Thanksgiving Address 2016)

Hugs and Kind Words

                As we enter the holiday season with this day of thanks, I would like to share with you a thought. How would you feel if a loved one or even a stranger walked up to you and – BOOM – punched you in the gut?  With that thought, I also ask how you would feel if your loved ones pointed out your flaws and spoke harshly of you?

               After considering these situations, how would you feel if your loved one or even a stranger walked up and – BAM – gave you a big heartfelt hug and then showered you with words that were unique, heartfelt and kind? Really ponder how that would feel.

               This giving and receiving of love is the true manifestation of charity.  Truth be told, we are always in need of love. I am not saying that giving money to the poor, food to the hungry and clothes to the naked is not charity. It most definitely is. What I am saying is that by giving a hug and kind words, one can motivate the poor out of poverty, help the hungry to find purpose to feed themselves, and dress the shabby in robes of gold.

               I bear the testimony that hugs and words spoken out of love helped illuminate my darkest times and capped off my greatest achievements. Just think about when a person wins a championship or an award. What is the first thing they do? They hug their loved ones and then share kind words of appreciation and love.  Now think about when a person hears the darkest news of their life. They look for hugs and words spoken in love to help comfort and sustain them.  Without them, they would “fall apart”.

               In life, we may not always be hungry or in need of better living arraignments, but we are always, at some point, in need of some love. Again, I implore you to make a conscious effort to give hugs and kind words this holiday season. As we all know, that next holiday season is not promised and we need to capitalize on this time to hug our loved ones as if tomorrow may not come and share some kind words with them from your heart. That stranger that may be having a bad day, I ask you to ask them “can I give you hug”, and tell them “I just wanted you to have a good day”. Use this opportunity to be the light that illuminates hope to someone else’s dark times.

              I am thankful that I have had the pleasure to share this thought with you. I am thankful for my beautiful family, job, purpose and to be a member of a most unique Eye C U. With that being said, I wish you love, peace and Happy Thanksgiving. Power Up

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                                                                               Moroni 7:45-48

45. And Charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity ye are nothing, for charity never faileth, wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail.
47. But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever, and whoso is found posessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

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