Gratitude & Thanksgiving

LDS Quotes on Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "The Laborers in the Vineyard"

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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.


“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"


“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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It is a relatively simple thing to pour out gratitude to God when the cup is full, the harvest plenteous, the peace secure; but it is much more challenging to have the faith to believe that even in adversity and persecution, even in times of darkness and devastation, the Lord’s hand is in it for the benefit of his children.

Church News  |  LDS Church News, June 10, 1989

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“The habit of saying thank you is the mark of a cultivated mind.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life

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Thomas S. Monson

“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  "An Attitude of Gratitude"

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“My prayer was, ‘Give me a miracle. Solve this problem,’ and it took a while to finally come to the point of saying, ‘I’m content to get a daily help’ and let it take what time it takes knowing that I can rely upon God. It’s been a blessing to me ever since to have that rather harrowing experience. Because of what it meant for my relationship with him. Maybe the greater blessing for us is to have to walk through it with him.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson  |  "Daily Bread: Experience"

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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.


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

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