Sunday, May 18, 2014

Powerful Promises about Gratitude, Part 2

Part 1 is here.

How many promised blessings have you counted so far? 

Promises from the "Gratitude" page on

As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. Gratitude is an uplifting, exalting attitude. People are generally happier when they have gratitude in their hearts. We cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when we are grateful.

Promises from For the Strength of Youth

The Lord wants you to have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you. 

In your prayers, pour out your heart to your Father in Heaven in thanks for the blessings you have received. Be specific in thanking Him for His goodness, for your family, for friends, for leaders and teachers, for the gospel, and for His Son, Jesus Christ. You also express gratitude to the Lord by the way you live. When you keep His commandments and serve others, you show that you love Him and are grateful to Him. Express your gratitude to others for the many ways they bless your life

Scriptures about Gratitude

These are commandments, not promises. But God commanded these things SO He can bless us. 

  • D&C 59:7 – “Thou shalt thank the Lord  in all things.” 
  • Ephesians 5:20 – “Giving thanks always for all things unto God...”  
  • 1 Thess 5:18, D&C 98:1– In everything give thanks.
  • Mosiah 26:39 – Pray with out ceasing and “give thanks in all things.” 
  • Alma 7:23 – Always returning thanks unto God for what you receive.
  • Psalm 147:7 – Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving. 
  • Alma 37:37 – When you rise in the morning let your heart be full of thanks unto God.
  • 1 Nephi 18:10-16 – After Nephi was tied to ship, he praised God all day long and didn’t murmur against God because of his afflictions 
  • D&C 78:19 – He who receives all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious. The things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more. 
  • Alma 34:38 – Live in thanksgiving daily for God’s many mercies and blessings. 
  • D&C 59:21 – “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.”
  • Luke 17:11-19 – Jesus healed ten lepers, and only the one who returned to thank Him was made whole.
  • Mosiah 2:19-25 – If we thank and praise and serve God, we’ll still be unprofitable servants, because first God created us, gave us life and keeps us alive, gives us opportunities for joy, and every time we keep His commandments He blesses and prospers us. Thank Him! 

Quotes about Gratitude 

Keep counting the promises...

Pres. Monson:
“If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues” (An Attitude of Gratitude)

LDS Hymn: 
“Count your many blessings; angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end” (Count Your Many Blessings)

President James E. Faust: 
“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness” (Gratitude as a Saving Principle).

Robert D. Hales: 
“Gratitude expressed to our Heavenly Father in prayer for what we have brings a calming peace-a peace which allows us to not canker our souls for what we don't have. Gratitude brings a peace that helps us overcome the pain of adversity and failure. ... ‘Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.’ (D&C 59:7.) This scripture means that we express thankfulness for what happens, not only for the good things in life but also for the opposition and challenges of life that add to our experience and faith. We put our lives in His hands, realizing that all that transpires will be for our experience” (Gratitude for the Goodness of God).

Henry B. Eyring: 
“Remembrance is the seed of gratitude which is the seed of generosity. ... 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. 

You could try the same thing as you write an entry in your book of remembrance. The Holy Ghost has helped with that since the beginning of time. You remember in the record of Moses it says: “And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration.” (Moses 6:5.) 

President Spencer W. Kimball described that process of inspired writing: “Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity.” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 349.) 

As you start to write, you could ask yourself, “How did God bless me today?” If you do that long enough and with faith, you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes, you will have gifts brought to your mind which you failed to notice during the day, but which you will then know were a touch of God’s hand in your life” (Remembrance and Gratitude).

Henry B. Eyring: He shared his habit of writing down each night how he saw God’s hand in his life that day. “My point is to urge you to find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies” (O Remember, Remember).

President Benson: 
“The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude” (God, Family, Country, p. 199).

In case you're not quite convinced...

Here is an experiment to see the effect of gratitude on people's happiness. The results are touching, especially for those who needed the biggest happiness boost. (Sorry a couple of the people swear, but they try to beep it out.)

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