Live in Thanksgiving Daily – Alma 34:38

38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.

There are a few passages of scripture that consist of a rapid succession of admonitions, without a lot of explanation. I love these passages, partly because they serve as concise reminders of our duties as disciples and partly because they illustrate the unity of the gospel.
This verse is one of those passages. In less than one sentence (since the verse is a continuation of the one preceding it), Amulek counsels the Zoramites to:
  • Open their hearts to the Holy Ghost
  • Take upon themselves the name of Christ
  • Humble themselves
  • Worship God everywhere they go
  • Live in thanksgiving daily
These words of advice are not disconnected from one another. Humility, openness to the promptings of the Spirit, and gratitude are interconnected. You can’t have one without the others. Or, to put it more positively, when you choose one, you get the others.
In a similar passage, the Apostle Paul adds a couple of additional related admonitions:

16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21)

Today, I will be prayerful, humble, responsive to promptings, joyful, and grateful. As I choose each of these actions, I know that the others will follow naturally. 

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