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November 22, 2012

Gratitude

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NORMAN —

It was while reading from the book of Enos in the Book of Mormon that I began to more fully understand the elements of being “made whole through faith.” Enos had gone into the woods to hunt and he began to reflect upon the teachings of his father regarding the coming Savior. Therefore, he began to pray for a forgiveness of his sins. He prayed all day and all night, and eventually he felt the power of the Atonement cleanse him both inside and out. He asked God how this was done, “Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole,” (Enos 1:8.) This was an inside and outside cleansing.

When the woman with the issue of blood fell down before him and told all truth, and the one Samaritan healed of leprosy turned back and expressed deep gratitude to the Savior for what he had done for them, it was then and only then, that the Savior’s great pronouncement was made: “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

This blessing was not pronounced or given to the nine who were healed of leprosy and took no thought to show gratitude for their blessings. They received only a healing to their body, not their soul.

It is my testimony that our gratitude, expressed through our very deep and heartfelt prayers, will lead us to God’s blessing, “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

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