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Gratitude—Feel It and Live It

You can show gratitude by the way you live.

The scriptures teach that we are to “live in thanksgiving daily” (Alma 34:38). But how do we do that? Certainly, we can and should start by expressing sincere gratitude to Heavenly Father in prayer and by saying “thank you” to others.

Beyond expressing verbal thanks, there’s perhaps an even more powerful way to show our sincere gratitude. President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven” (“The Divine Gift of Gratitude,” Ensign and Liahona, Nov. 2010, 90).

You can read about how a few youth show thanks by how they live by clicking on the stories below. Then share your own story of gratitude by clicking on Share your experience at the bottom of the page.

Living with an attitude of gratitude can influence for better our decisions, thoughts, and habits. Is there any part of your life where you can more fully live with a thankful heart? You can start showing such gratitude today.

Gratitude for Family—Present and Past

Emily H., 15, Arizona, USA

I’m so grateful for my family, and that includes my ancestors. One way I like to show gratitude for all of my family is by doing family history work.

Gratitude for Physical Health

Joshua M., 16, California, USA

One of the ways I try to show my gratitude for physical health is by helping others.

Gratitude for the Young Women Organization

Lexi T., 14, California, USA

I’m so grateful that the Young Women organization is such a big part of my life. I try to show my gratitude by helping it be successful.

Gratitude for Missionary Work

Dallin C., 15, Brazil

I’m grateful for missionary work, especially for the chance to be a missionary every day with my friends.

Gratitude for the Ability to Learn

Madeleine H., 15, Maryland, USA

One of the things I’m most grateful for is my mind. I have loved studying music. I like to show my gratitude for this opportunity by sharing music with others around me.

 

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