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Five Impactful Thanksgiving Scriptures That Promote Gratitude

By Mormon.org

The scriptures often talk about giving thanks to God, so with a bit of study it’s easy to find scriptures appropriate for Thanksgiving in the Bible and Book of Mormon.

Here are five of our favorite Thanksgiving-related scriptures. 

Psalm 95:1-2

“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:1–2).

The opening verses of this psalm are a great reminder that through Jesus Christ and His Atonement, you can have salvation. That salvation is eternal life, or put more simply, living forever with God.

This scripture is also a reminder that when you come before God in prayer, you should do so with an attitude of thanksgiving. It’s perfectly natural and normal to ask God for help with whatever troubles are in your life, but always remember to thank Him for the blessings you already have. 

Colossians 3:15

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, . . . and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

In his epistle to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul focused on the importance of charity, gratitude, and love among the early Christians.

No verse speaks more powerfully of that teaching than when Paul simply admonishes, “Be ye thankful.”

You have something to be grateful for, even if you have a hard time finding what exactly that is. This would be a great Thanksgiving scripture to print out and put on your fridge as a reminder to be thankful this holiday season.

Alma 34:38

“Worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you” (Alma 34:38).

This scripture in the Book of Mormon is from a sermon given by Amulek, a great missionary in the Book of Mormon.

During this sermon, Amulek admonishes the Saints to live in a state of constant worship and to live in thanksgiving daily because of the many great blessings God gives them.

That same advice is valuable in today’s world where it’s easy to think that what you achieve comes without the help of God—really, every blessing, opportunity, and “good thing” is from Him (see Moroni 7:22). To live in thanksgiving daily isn’t always easy, but as you strive to do that this holiday season, you may notice a difference in your life. 

Ephesians 1:16

“Cease not to give thanks” (Ephesians 1:16).

Building on the themes of the previous scripture, this excerpt from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Saints in Ephesus contains yet another simple charge—never stop being thankful for what God has given you.

Is that difficult to do? It can be, but as you work at it each day, you’ll see the little things you realize are blessings from God. 

Doctrine and Covenants 78:19

“And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” (Doctrine and Covenants 78:19).

Lastly, remember to find a quiet place, get on your knees, and thank God for His blessings when you recognize His hand at work in your life. Whether it’s a big thing like finding a job after being unemployed or simply finding your keys after praying for that help, it’s imperative to thank God. Doing so fosters that attitude of gratitude within your heart that’s critical to being a gracious follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.