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Friday, February 11, 2011

Thank you!

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” (Aldous Huxley, Themes and Variations (1954), 66.)

I am a living example of this statistic.

There is so much that I have been given, blessings too numerous to number.  At this time I would like to take some time out of my day and say THANK YOU!

Thank you Mom & Dad for whoopen me when I needed it most.  You have sacrificed everything for me and my siblings and I will eternally be indebted to you.

Thank you Uncle Greg and Aunt Liz for believing in me.

Thank you Grammy Abbott for your faithful prayers.

Thank you Pres. & Sis. Bunker for being living examples of disciples of Christ.

Thank you Derek for being a true friend.

Thank you Lauren and Trevor for coming to this earth at the perfect time.  Y'all are truly angles.

Thank you for the sweet letters I have received on my mission :)

Thank you Bishop Kastner, Pres. Bennett, Pres. Judd, Elder Snow, Bro. & Sis. Henderson, Bro. Senniff, Bro. Hardisty, Bro. & Sis. Satterfield, Sis. Trejo, Bro. BeauchampBishop Tanner, and all the church leaders here in Northern California who have taught me how to become a better servant

Thank you Tara for marrying Nigel.  He is the man!

Thank you Alaina for just being you being you.

Thank you Coach Winterton for teaching me discipline and humility.

Thank you Elder Jared Abbott for spreading the Gospel down in Chile.

Thank you Grandpa taking me cane fishing.

Thank you Grandma Judy for talking us rowdy boys to the beach when we knew you didn't want to go.

Thank you Grandma May for you pure charity.

And there are many more who I am thankful for who I pray that one day I will again have the privilege to thank.

But there is no greater thanks needed than to my Father in Heaven for sending His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for me. 

I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!


  1. Doesn't feeling gratitude just make you feel good, and more humble, and closer to the Savior and closer to the people you are feeling gratitude for? I love it!

    And since we are expressing thanks today...Thank you Elder James Abbott for "Being the Message", and for making "Being a Missionary your Life!" You are a latter-day Ammon. :) Somehow in all of your persistence and intensity there is ALWAYS a feeling of love and a "you can do it!". Thank you for being a very wonderful missionary son!

  2. I love this! There are few trials in life that can't be remedied by a little gratitude and thankfulness for the blessings we've been given. I think I need to follow you're example and express a little more gratitude to everyone.

  3. that was very touching Elder Abbott. I loved the talk from President Monson this last conference on his talk on Gratitude, he said that: having gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and never giving it. what good does gratitude do if we dont share it with everyone around us!?

  4. That was excellent. You passion for being a missionary really shows! It is all about Gratitude and Humbling ourselves to the Lord! I stand all Amazed at the Love Jesus Offer me / all of us! Thank You for posting! :)

  5. And I am thankful that the Lord saw fit to send you to our family, and allowed me the priviledge of being your father. I love you, and am so very proud of you.


  6. I think that after everything that has been said, all I can add is Thank you for posting this. I has really touched me and inspired me to make my own thank you list.