Defending the Faith: We owe a debt to God, our predecessors

Published: Thursday, Nov. 22 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

The Book of Mormon's Amulek wisely counsels us that we should "humble ourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place we may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that we live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon us" (paraphrased slightly from Alma 34:38).

In the United States, where many of us are gathering together as families and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, this is an exceptionally appropriate day for us to remember the debt that we owe to those who've preceded us and to God, "in whom we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He is the founder of, the general editor of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" online at and he blogs daily at

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