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In his April 1992 general conference talk, "An Attitude of Gratitude," President Thomas S. Monson, then a member of the First Presidency, recounted the New Testament story of how only one of 10 lepers returned to say thank you after being healed by the Savior.

Following the theme of gratitude, President Monson went on to express gratitude for mothers, fathers, teachers, friends, his country and the Lord Jesus Christ.

"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude," President Monson said. "My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvelous virtue: an attitude of gratitude."

In the October 2010 general conference, President Monson gave a talk titled "The Divine Gift of Gratitude." He said a grateful heart comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for his blessings.

"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God's love," President Monson said. "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."

President Monson is one of many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have shared thoughts, feelings, impressions and insights on the topic of gratitude. With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, here is a look back at thoughts expressed by church leaders on the topic of gratitude.

Click through to find 25 quotes from LDS general authorities on being thankful.

President Joseph F. Smith, Thinkstock

“The spirit of gratitude is always pleasant and satisfying because it carries with it a sense of helpfulness to others; it begets love and friendship, and engenders divine influence. Gratitude is said to be the memory of the heart.”

President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 262.

President James E. Faust, Thinkstock

"A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It helps us develop such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love and well-being. Said the Lord, 'And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more' (D&C 78:19)."

President James E. Faust, "Grateful Heart"

President Thomas S. Monson, Thinkstock

"My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love."

President Thomas S. Monson, "The Divine Gift of Gratitude"

Sister Jean A. Stevens, Thinkstock

"... Still in our day, God’s power and love are manifest in the lives of his children.

"I have seen it recently in the lives of faith-filled Saints in Zimbabwe and Botswana. In a fast and testimony meeting in a small branch, I was humbled and inspired by the testimonies shared by many — children, youth and adults alike. Each conveyed a powerful expression of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. With challenges and difficult circumstances surrounding them, they live each day by putting their trust in God. They acknowledge his hand in their lives and often express it with the phrase 'I am so much grateful to God.' "

Sister Jean A. Stevens, " 'Fear Not; I Am with Thee' ”

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Thinkstock

"We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?

"Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.

"This is not a gratitude of the lips but of the soul. It is a gratitude that heals the heart and expands the mind."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Grateful in Any Circumstances"

Elder Robert D. Hales, Thinkstock

"In some quiet way, the expression and feelings of gratitude have a wonderful cleansing or healing nature. Gratitude brings warmth to the giver and the receiver alike."

Elder Robert D. Hales, "Gratitude for the Goodness of God"

Elder Russell M. Nelson, Thinkstock

"How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to him. Ammon taught, 'Let us give thanks to (God), for he doth work righteousness forever.' Our degree of gratitude is a measure of our love for him."

Elder Russell M. Nelson, "Thanks Be to God"

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Thinkstock

"Let us give thanks for what we are and for the circumstances God has given us for our personal journey through mortality."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Give Thanks in All Things"

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin
Rhonna Designs

"Gratitude requires awareness and effort, not only to feel it but to express it. Frequently we are oblivious to the Lord’s hand. We murmur, complain, resist, criticize; so often we are not grateful."

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, "Gratitude: A Path to Happiness"

President Gordon B. Hinckley, Thinkstock

“Gratitude is of the very essence of worship. … When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley" (1997), 250

Sister Virginia H. Pearce

I invite you ... to think abundantly. I love the word 'abundant'; it has lots of soft sound and seems to go along with this season of the year, the harvest and gathering in. Thinking abundantly means knowing that there is more than enough for everyone. Abundant thinking is full of gratitude for what you have and delight in what others have."

Sister Virginia H. Pearce, "Of Sound Mind"

President Henry B. Eyring, Thinkstock

"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."

President Henry B. Eyring, "Remembrance and Gratitude"

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Thinkstock

"So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Laborers in the Vineyard"

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, Thinkstock

"Gratitude inspires happiness and carries divine influence. 'Live in thanksgiving daily,” said Amulek, 'for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.' "

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, "Gratitude: A Path to Happiness"

Elder Quentin L. Cook, Thinkstock

"An old Chinese proverb reads, 'When you drink the water, don’t forget the well from whence it sprung.' "

Elder Quentin L. Cook, "The True Path to Happiness"

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Rhonna Designs

"We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.

"This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Grateful in Any Circumstances"

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Thinkstock

"My prayer was, 'Give me a miracle. Solve this problem,' and it took a while to finally come to the point of saying, 'I'm content to get a daily help' and let it take what time it takes knowing that I can rely upon God.

“It’s been a blessing to me ever since to have that rather harrowing experience. Because of what it meant for my relationship with him. Maybe the greater blessing for us is to have to walk through it with him.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "Daily Bread: Experience"

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Thinkstock

"Looking forward with an eternal perspective gives one hope, a reason to look up and feel gratitude for even the smallest bit of light."

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, "Women’s General Auxiliary Leaders Speak about Grace"

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, Thinkstock

"Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. Through it, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hearts with their messages of God’s love. This grateful awareness heightens our sensitivity to divine direction. When we communicate gratitude, we can be filled with the Spirit and connected to those around us and the Lord."

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, "Gratitude: A Path to Happiness"

Elder Quentin L. Cook
Rhonna Designs

"Always be grateful for your blessings, especially your heritage. When we are blessed with goodly parents, we should be grateful. This is the debt each of us owes for our heritage."

Elder Quentin L. Cook, "The True Path to Happiness"

Elder David A. Bednar, Thinkstock

"The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests."

Elder David. A Bendar, "Pray Always"

Elder Richard G. Scott
Rhonna Designs

"Select something like music, dance, sculpture or poetry. Being creative will help you enjoy life. It engenders a spirit of gratitude. It develops latent talent, sharpens your capacity to reason, to act and to find purpose in life. It dispels loneliness and heartache. It gives a renewal, a spark of enthusiasm and zest for life."

Elder Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy in Life"

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Rhonna Designs

"Prayers that do not demand much of your thought will hardly merit much attention from our Heavenly Father. When you find yourself getting into a routine with your prayers, step back and think. Meditate for a while on the things for which you really are grateful. Look for them. They don’t have to be grand or glorious. Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.

"Thinking of things we are grateful for is a healing balm. It helps us get outside ourselves. It changes our focus from our pains and our trials to the abundance of this beautiful world we live in."

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Improving Our Prayers"

President Gordon B. Hinckley, Thinkstock

"One of my favorite newspaper columnists is Jenkin Lloyd Jones. In a recent article published in the News, he commented:

"There seems to be a superstition among many thousands of our young who hold hands and smooch in the drive-ins that marriage is a cottage surrounded by perpetual hollyhocks, to which a perpetually young and handsome husband comes home to a perpetually young and ravishing wife. When the hollyhocks wither and boredom and bills appear, the divorce courts are jammed.

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just ordinary people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. ...

"Life is like an old-time rail journey — delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "God Shall Give Unto
You Knowledge by His Holy Spirit

President Thomas S. Monson, Thinkstock

"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."

President Thomas S. Monson, "An Attitude of Gratitude"