10 And now behold, this I speak unto their seed, and also to the Gentiles who have care for the house of Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings come.
Ingratitude is a result of ignorance. When we fail to understand or acknowledge the source of the blessings we enjoy, we become self-centered and we develop a sense of entitlement, an expectation that those blessings will continue indefinitely with little or no effort on our part. We therefore run the risk of losing those blessings by failing to pay the price for their continued maintenance. We also run the risk of failing to honor and serve the people who made those blessings possible in the first place.
Mormon speaks in this passage to those of us who “care for the house of Israel, that realize and know from whence [our] blessings come.” This is reminiscent of Nephi’s rebuke to people in our day who are self-righteous because they have the scriptures: “What thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles” (2 Nephi 29:4)?
Today and throughout this coming week, I will pay attention to the blessings I enjoy. I will ask myself who gave me those blessings, beginning with my Heavenly Father. As a part of my celebration of Thanksgiving, I will reach out in gratitude to people who have paid a price so that I can enjoy such a full and happy life.