Thanksgiving Every Day

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught:

Joseph B Wirthlin, Apostle
Joseph B Wirthlin, Apostle

“Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable.”In the Book of Mormon we learn that we should “live in thanksgiving daily” (Alma 34:38). Isn’t that a wonderful thought to live in thanksgiving daily?”

Gratitude is actually a commandment of our Heavenly Father. “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7).

President Joseph F. Smith , 6th Prophet of the LDS Church, proclaimed:

praying-hands“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!”

(Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 263).

Elder Wirthlin suggests three ways we can live in Thanksgiving Daily:

1. Open Our Eyes

a-childs-eyes“Those who live in thanksgiving daily, have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time.

2. Open Our Hearts

hearts-knit-together“Pray with all your heart. Consider the love your Heavenly Father has for all His children. Open your heart to His cleansing word…Fill your heart with those things that ennoble, encourage, and inspire.”

3. Open Our Arms

father-and-child-in-arms“Every time we cheer another’s heart, every time we ease another’s burden, every time we lift a weary hand, we show our gratitude to that God to whom we owe all that we have and all that we are.”


– Joseph B. Wirthlin, “‘Live in Thanksgiving Daily’,” Ensign, Sep 2001, 6

I wish you and your family a beautiful holiday. I give thanks for your readership, your support, your friendship. You motivate me to be a better writer, a kinder person, a greater ponderer of holy things, and a more faithful daughter of God.

May we all strive to live in Thanksgiving, Every Day!


Enjoy the beautiful song “Gratitude” by Nichole Nordeman.

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