Gratitude & Thanksgiving

Thomas S. Monson

“My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  The Divine Gift of Gratitude”

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“Christ asks us to show faith in Him, repent, make and keep covenants, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. By complying, we are not paying the demands of justice—not even the smallest part. Instead, we are showing appreciation for what Jesus Christ did by using it to live a life like His.”

Brad Wilcox  |  "His Grace is Sufficient"

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“In some quiet way, the expression and feelings of gratitude have a wonderful cleansing or healing nature. Gratitude brings warmth to the giver and the receiver alike.”

Elder Robert D. Hales  |  "Gratitude for the Goodness of God"

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

Epictetus  |  The Discourses of Epictetus; with the Encheiridion and Fragments, trans. George Long (1888), 429.

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“The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life…Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 263.

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“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”

Aldous Huxley  |  Aldous Huxley, Themes and Variations (1954), 66.

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“The self-effacing person is soothing and gracious, while the self-promoting person is fragile and jarring. Humility is freedom from the need to prove you are superior all the time, but egotism is a ravenous hunger in a small space—self-concerned, competitive, and distinction-hungry. Humility is infused with lovely emotions like admiration, companionship, and gratitude.”

David Brooks  |  The Road to Character

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“Yes, you and I should count our blessings, but we should also make them count!”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  Apply The Atoning Blood of Christ

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“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It helps us develop such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love and well-being. Said the Lord, ‘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’ (D&C 78:19).”

James E. Faust  |  "Grateful Heart"

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“Gratitude is of the very essence of worship. … When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  "Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley" (1997), 250

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