A message of hope and healing

In this week of Thanksgiving in the U.S., here’s a more personal message than usual:

Russell Nelson was a pioneering heart surgeon who saved hundreds of lives, so it was a cruel irony when his wife of 60 years collapsed in front of him and died of a heart attack despite his frantic efforts to save her.

Even after that tragedy, the now-96-year-old religious leader remains relentlessly upbeat about life and the world. What’s his secret?

The self-described “man of science and man of faith” credits the healing power of gratitude.

Friday, the retired doctor used this YouTube video to “prescribe” two activities to help an ailing world experience that gift. The video now has more than 1.5 million views, and its associated hashtag, #givethanks, quickly trended No. 1 on Twitter.

It’s been a rough year for a lot of people. I personally felt calmed and inspired by the message.

I’m grateful for YOU. It’s in that spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving that I share this video with you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

This article was originally published on November 23, 2020

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