It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,” wrote the Psalmist. “… For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands” (Ps. 92:1, 4).
What is it about gratitude that prompts such joy? Why are those “who [receive] all things with thankfulness … made glorious” (D&C 78:19)? Is it because hearts softened by feelings of gratitude are humble hearts—hearts sensitive to the whisperings and the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost?
As President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, has said, gratitude is “among the noblest of virtues” (“An Attitude of Gratitude,” Liahona, May 2000, 4). A spirit of gratitude allows us to focus on heaven, even while we struggle with the challenges of earth. It places all our experiences—negative and positive—in their proper perspective.
As the following expressions of gratitude illustrate, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, love us immeasurably and are eager to bless us—especially with the gift of the gospel. May we receive Their gifts with thankful hearts.