The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Ingratitude

"God has so abundantly blessed this continent with the precious things of the earth that its inhabitants do not rightly value His rich gifts to them, but use them with careless hands, thoughtless heads and ungrateful hearts. This is sinful; the Lord did not make anything to be wasted, and He is angry with those who thus abuse His gifts."

George Q. Cannon 
"Gospel Truth", p. 516

"The Prophet Joseph Smith said many years ago that one of the greatest sins for which the Latter-day Saints are guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I wonder, my brethren and sisters, if we are fully grateful for all that we enjoy."

Ezra Taft Benson 
"So Shall Ye Reap", p. 17

"Since we can have no justified complaints against the Lord, who gives us so much, griping simply does not go with gospel gratitude. Ingratitude reflects the intellectual dishonesty of those who can enumerate their grievances but cannot count their blessings."

Neal A. Maxwell 
"Notwithstanding My Weakness", p. 52-53

"Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming to those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency."

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Faith, the Essence of True Religion", p. 81

"[God] experiences a deep, divine disappointment in us when we are ungrateful and when we are unwilling to confess God's hand in all things. (D&C 59:21.) But it is because of what our sustained ingratitude does to us, not to Him."

Neal A. Maxwell 
"Sermons Not Spoken", p. 85

“The Lord doesn't seem to measure success in terms of attainment of position or power or wealth. A prophet in the Book of Mormon (where, by the way, the most succinct and unvarnished truths can be found) said, ‘But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.’ (2 Ne. 2:24-25.) If man is that he might have joy, then success to the Lord must include the attainment of real joy. On the basis of this definition, then, no one is really successful who is not happy.

“If this be the Lord's definition, then there is precious little success in this world. Success in its practical application seems to be more a state of mind than anything else. Obviously, many people never make it because they are ungrateful. They are not thankful for what they have; therefore, they are unhappy and thus are not successful. I have never seen a happy person who was not thankful for what he had, to paraphrase the Prophet Joseph Smith, who stated that ‘doubt and faith cannot exist in the same person at the same time.’ (6th Lecture on Faith.) It is also doubtful that success and unhappiness can exist in the same person at the same time.” - Hartman Rector, Jr., “Success—A Journey or a Destination?,” Ensign (CR), July 1973, p. 57

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