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LDS leader shares Thanksgiving traditions, advice for teens

By Carole Mikita

November 23rd, 2014 @ 10:32pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Thanksgiving is a holiday that unites all Americans, whether they’re expressing gratitude with family and friends or sharing their bounty.

For Sister Neill Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s one of her favorites.

“I love it because I have this vision of hundreds of thousands of families, maybe millions, all over the nation doing the same thing at the same time,” Sister Marriott said. “(It’s) one day where we come together and recognize there’s an abundance in our life and be grateful to God, whatever faith (we) are.”

She was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, and gained a love of Thanksgiving from her mother.

“Mother always said Thanksgiving was her favorite time of all the year,” Sister Marriott recalled. “In the South, you know, cooking is an art form, and my mother was an artist in that regard. I’ve kept the pecan pie and sweet potatoes going.”

She and her husband, David, are the parents of 11 children and grandparents to 31 grandchildren. Over the years, they’ve added new moments that have become traditions.

“I love seeing the grandchildren run through the front door, mainly interested in the pie, but willing to wait until we go through our normal traditions and then gather and eat,” Sister Marriott said.

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