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Why is it important to be grateful?

The Lord wants us to have a spirit of gratitude in all we do and say. When we are grateful, we will have greater happiness and satisfaction in our lives. We will recognize the influence and blessings of the Lord.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will help the young men develop a grateful attitude?

Luke 17:11–19 (Jesus Christ heals ten lepers, and one returns to thank Him)

Mosiah 2:20–24 (King Benjamin teaches us why we need to praise and thank the Lord)

D&C 59:7, 15–21 (We should give thanks in all things)

Thomas S. Monson, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 87–90

Henry B. Eyring, “O Remember, Remember,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 66–69; see also the video “O Remember, Remember”

Russell M. Nelson, “Thanks Be to God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 77–79; see also the video “Give Thanks”

Gratitude,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 18

“How Great Thou Art,” Hymns, no. 86; “Count Your Blessings,” Hymns, no. 241

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask a young man to draw on the board a picture that reminds him of something he learned last week.
  • Assign each young man a letter of the alphabet, and give him one minute to list all the blessings he can think of that begin with that letter. Why do we sometimes overlook the seemingly small blessings the Lord has given us? Ask a quorum member to read Doctrine and Covenants 46:32 or 59:21. How can we show more gratitude for “whatsoever blessing [we] are blessed with”? 

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand the importance of gratitude. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to read Luke 17:11–19 and share why they think nine of the ten lepers did not give thanks to the Savior. What are some things that might keep us from expressing gratitude? Invite the young men to think about a blessing they have received for which they may not have expressed appropriate gratitude. Why is it important to express thanks? What will they do to show gratitude?
  • Tell or read the story of the fish from Elder Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Thanks Be to God.” Ask the young men if they have ever helped others (like the caretaker in this story) without being thanked. Divide the rest of the talk by the section headings, and assign each young man to read a section. Ask the young men to write down something they learn about gratitude and a scripture related to what they learned (suggest that they could use the Topical Guide). Allow the young men to share what they wrote and to tell about a time when they have felt grateful for one of God’s gifts.
  • Read or tell the story about Gordon Green’s family in President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “The Divine Gift of Gratitude.” Ask the young men to listen for things that made the family feel grateful. Why did the family’s attitude change throughout the story? Invite the young men to ponder questions like the following: “Have I ever been guilty of having an unthankful attitude?” “Are there any blessings I have that I am not noticing?” “Why would having a grateful attitude be a blessing to me?” Invite a few of them to share some of their thoughts.
  • As a quorum, sing or read the hymn “Count Your Blessings,” or watch the video “O Remember, Remember.” Ask the young men to make a list of the blessings we receive when we recognize what God has done for us. When has having a grateful heart helped the young men overcome a trial?
  • As a quorum, read scripture passages and sing hymns of praise and thanksgiving, such as those listed in this outline. Invite the young men to look for phrases about things for which they also feel gratitude or praise. Invite them to share the phrases they chose, explain why the chose them, and express their own feelings of gratitude.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the importance of gratitude? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share what he is grateful for and invite the young men to thank Heavenly Father for something they haven’t thanked Him for before.
  • Encourage the young men to write down a few things they are grateful for each day.