To help inspire us as we strive to live gratefully, here are more than thirty meaningful LDS quotes about gratitude that serve as valuable reminders of just how much there is to be thankful for!
In times of hardship and uncertainty, it can sometimes feel like gratitude is in short supply.
It’s easy to grow weary of the struggle and focus on what isn’t working, instead of taking time each day for thankfulness. However, no matter our circumstances or how we’re feeling right now, cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving is possible – even essential – if we want to be positive and productive members of our faith community!
As Christian mothers striving after righteousness, examples from the scriptures remind us that having a warm heart filled with gratefulness is a sign that we are truly focused on our Heavenly Father’s will.
To help nurture these feelings within ourselves (and pass them along to others!), here are 30+ LDS quotes about gratitude that can make all the difference when it comes to unlocking an attitude of thankfulness.
“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
“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 From the Goodness of God
“The habit of saying thank you is the mark of a cultivated mind.”— President Gordon B. Hinckley || Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life
“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
“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
“The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests.”— Elder David A. Bednar || Pray Always
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 Hart”
“Be grateful, be smart, be clean, be true, be humble, be prayerful.”— Gordon B. Hinckley || “Way To Be!: 9 Rules For Living The Good Life”
Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. Through it, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hearts with their messages of God’s love. This grateful awareness heightens our sensitivity to divine direction. When we communicate gratitude, we can be filled with the Spirit and connected to those around us and the Lord.”— Bonnie D. Parkin || Gratitude: A Path to Happiness
“To the Lord Jesus, who bought us with a great price, we owe an undying debt of gratitude. All people who understand what Jesus did for us ought to love him and demonstrate that love by rendering to him, in a realistic manner, thanks and gratitude”— Marion Romeny || “Gratitude and Thanksgiving
“You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude.”– Henry B. Eyring || Remembrance and Gratitude
“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”– James E. Faust || Gratitude as a Saving Principle
“If we truly want to have the Spirit of the Lord and experience joy and happiness, we should rejoice in our blessings and be grateful.”– Quentin L. Cook || Rejoice!
“God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but we are not. Each day, ours is the challenge to access the power of the Atonement so that we can truly change, become more Christlike, and qualify for the gift of exaltation and live eternally with God, Jesus Christ, and our families. For these powers, privileges, and gospel gifts, thanks be to God!”– Russell M. Nelson || Thanks Be To God
Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.– Dieter F. Uchtdorf || Grateful in Any Circumstance
“Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God.”– Bonnie D. Parkin || Gratitude: A Path to Happiness
“If we truly want to have the Spirit of the Lord and experience joy and happiness, we should rejoice in our blessings and be grateful.”– Quentin L. Cook
“Counting blessings is better than recounting problems.”– Thomas Monson
“How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him.”– Russell M. Nelson
“Let us be thankful that it is as well with us as it is, and we are yet alive and peradventure, God hath laid up in store great good for us in this generation, and may grant that we may yet glorify His name”–Joseph Smith || Teachings of the Presidents of the Church
“I thank God that I live in this day and age of the world, when my ears have heard the sound of the fulness of the gospel of Christ.”— Wilford Woodruff || Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff
“There is no feeling that is more Godlike than that feeling of intense gratitude and thanksgiving to God that comes when we realize and feel that God has blessed us.”— Heber J. Grant || Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant
“Thus, my brothers and sisters, there is so much to be grateful for…This partial inventory of our collective blessings should help us to be ever more grateful and ever more determined. Please do the same within your families. Count your blessings, and express your gratitude to your eternal partners, to your children, and to your parents for all that they do.”— Spencer W. Kimball || December 1977 Liahona
“Be prayerful. Don’t be ashamed to get on your knees, morning and night, and thank the Lord for His blessings. Pray for His inspiration and direction and help in all that you undertake to do in righteousness.— Gordon B. Hinckley || churchofjesuschrist.org
“Whether we are right in the middle of a global pandemic, experiencing devastating loss and grief, or we are experiencing the joyful moments of life, we must never forget to express gratitude.”— Peggy S. Worthen || Gratitude and Chaos
“To live a more abundant life, we must seek light and truth, have an eternal perspective, and feel and express gratitude.”— Cheryl A. Esplin || The Abundant Life
“Gratitude not only makes the Lord happy, but makes us happy. A thankful heart has many reasons to rejoice, no matter the circumstances.”— Sharon G. Samuelson || Gratitude: A Command of God
“Gratitude is central to the service that we give and receive. By expression or action, gratitude is also essential to our faith.— Rulon D. Pope || Free Riding and Gratitude
“Much of our happiness depends not on what we have, but on our gratitude for it, and contentment can bring us lasting joy.— Mary Ellen Edmunds || Godliness With Contentment
“Have we learned to give thanks in ALL things? A simple but heartfelt “thank you” can make all the difference in our relationships and character.— Marvin J. Ashton || And in Everything, Give Thanks
“Instead of shying away from the responsibilities of the gospel and family, learn to count your blessings and see these as privileges and opportunities.”— Elaine A. Cannon || Count Your Blessings
Gratitude is a powerful tool that can change our perspective and attitude, which then positively impacts our interactions with others. Give some of these gratitude quotes a try in your own life and see how they make you feel. We love hearing from our readers about how these quotes have helped them in their own journey towards grateful living. What are some of your favorite gratitude quotes?
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Cindy Maudsley lives in Utah with her husband and five children. Aside from writing, her passions include her family, faith, and spreading infertility awareness. She also loves a good book or podcast, true crime documentaries , Netflix binge, diet Coke and Target run