The life of a saint is not simply a personal perfecting, it is also a factor in the entire scheme of earth’s redemption. No one can be saved alone, by himself or herself, unassisted by or unassisting others.
The Father to whom we pray is the glorious God who created worlds through His Beloved Son. He hears our prayers as He heard Joseph’s prayer—as clearly as if they were being offered in His presence. He loves us enough that He gave His Son as our Savior. By that gift He made it possible for us to gain immortality and eternal life. And He offers us, through prayer in the name of His Son, the opportunity to commune with Him in this life as often as we choose.
Henry B. Eyring, Exhort Them to Pray, January 2012
Just stop and think about prayer for a minute. What is it, really? It is a personal channel that each of us has to the creator of our world and universe. He is our creator, and our spiritual father. Even though His power is immense and incomprehensible to us, He wants to hear from us, His children. Continue reading
Tonight I think I am going to use a personal experience for my thought. The last part of last year was really dark and difficult for me. I’m still suffering from lingering aftershocks, but for the most part I have found some peace. A few months ago, during a really dark and hard time, we had stake conference. I was praying a lot of the blessings that I was missing in life – not focusing at all on those that I did have. The blessings I was desiring were all good ones that many people do want, and none of them were extremely selfish, such as wealth, etc.
I went to stake conference, not really feeling up to going, but going anyway because it was what I knew I should do. All through the session I sat there, not really being touched much by any of the speakers. The talks were good, but they weren’t directed at me as much. Then came along the closing hymn, I Believe in Christ. This is one of my very favorite hymns. Continue reading