By Darryl Alder
Nov 20, 2016

Scouter’s Minute: Thanksgiving and the 10th Leper

Thanksgiving is this week! That means you Scouts will be out of school, you’ll probably watch some football and will surely eat a feast of turkey with all the trimmings.

“Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.”True to the Faith

It’s a great time for family. But before the holiday is over, take a few minutes to ponder what it really means.

Today in our church services, each of the four speakers told the story of the ten lepers in the New Testament (Luke 17). One of those healed came back to thank Jesus; he caught himself in the midst of joy from this miracle, and returned with a grateful heart to thank Him.

The others did not return to offer thanks. We probably should not fault them, because they had been prevented from being with family and friends as lepers. But it is that tenth leper that gets the focus in this story when Jesus asks: “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

He was already whole, so why the closing comment?  It think the tenth leper had done what D&C 78:19 promises: “And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” One church leader put it this way: “His response and life situation were unique, but in the simplest sense of what he did his thankfulness led to action. And boy, did that turn out to be important!”

In Luke 17 beginning in verse 11, Elder Ballard says this story is a tremendous teaching moment in the scriptures. Listen in as he interacts with five teens:

This doesn’t mean we have to spend our whole holiday in prayer. We can have our feast and our football, but we should also remember that a Scout is reverent. Part of that point of the Scout Law is about praying and giving thanks to God at appropriate times. This week could be one of those times.

So this Thursday, when you sit down to your big Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget to offer your sincere thanks to God, not just for the food but for all your other blessings.

ADarryl head BWuthor: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA.

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