Blessings/Importance of Prayer

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“As we make a habit of approaching Heavenly Father in prayer, we will come to know the Savior. We will come to trust Him. Our desires will become more like His. We will be able to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that Heavenly Father is ready to give if we will but ask in faith.”

Bonnie H. Cordon, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Trust in the Lord and Lean Not,” April 2017 General Conference

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“Prayer is a gift from God. We need never feel lost or alone. I testify that every moment of precious prayer can be holy time spent with our Father, in the name of the Son, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“The answers we receive in prayer may not be what we would desire. But in times of trouble, our prayers become a lifeline of love and tender mercy. In our pleading, we may be strengthened to go forward and fulfill all that we have been ordained to do.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“We pray in the name of Jesus Christ because our salvation is in Christ, and ‘there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’ We come unto the Father in the sacred name of Jesus Christ because He is our Advocate with the Father and He does plead our cause. He suffered, bled, and died to glorify His Father, and His merciful petition on our behalf opens the way for each of us to obtain peace in this life and everlasting life in the world to come. He does not want us to suffer longer or endure more trials than needed. He does want us to turn to Him and allow Him to ease our burdens, to heal our hearts, and to cleanse our souls through His purifying power. We never want to take His name in vain with rote and repetitious words. Sincere prayers offered in the holy name of Jesus Christ are an expression of our devoted love, our eternal gratitude, and our steadfast desire to pray as He prayed, to do as He did, and to become as He is.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“We pray by the power of the Holy Ghost because ‘he that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God.’ When we pray with faith, the Holy Ghost can guide our thoughts so that our words harmonize with the will of God.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“For us, miraculous healing, powerful protection, divine knowledge, liberating forgiveness, and precious peace are among the answers that come when we offer up a ‘soul’s sincere desire’ in faith.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“A prayer of faith opens the way to receive glorious heaven-sent blessings.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“Prayer is essential to developing faith. When the Lord comes again, will He find a people who know how to pray in faith and who are prepared to receive salvation? ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ We are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and we may enjoy personal communion with Him when we pray ‘with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ’ and then act in accordance with the answers we receive by the promptings of the Holy Ghost. In faith we pray, we listen, and we obey, that we might learn to become one with the Father and the Son.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference

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“My beloved sisters, we can be assured of Heavenly Father’s help as we get down on our knees and ask for divine guidance to bless His children. Heavenly Father; our Savior, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost are ready to help.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
I Was a Stranger,”April 2016 General Conference

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“We are taught that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of His children. As one of His precious daughters, you have access to His assurance and guidance through the power of prayer.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Be of a Good Courage,” April 2010 General Conference

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“Prayer is another means to build faith. When the Lamanite king wanted to know what he should do in order to receive the joy of the gospel, he prayed to the Lord (see Alma 22:16–17). We too are promised that if we ask, it shall be given us.”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A Lesson from the Book of Mormon,” October 2007 General Conference

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“As we pray, the Lord will guide and prepare us to do our part.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
He Knows You by Name,” April 2005 General Conference

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“God knows the needs of His children, and He often works through us, prompting us to help one another. When we act on such promptings, we tread on holy ground, for we are allowed the opportunity to serve as an agent of God in answering a prayer.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends,” April 2005 General Conference

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“Everything in the scriptures is applicable to our lives. The scriptures answer our questions, they provide role models and heroes, and they help us understand how to handle challenges and trials. Many times the scriptures you read will be the answer to your prayers.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Believe!” April 2004 General Conference

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“As we choose that good part and put the Savior in the center of our lives by praying daily for His guidance and help, God gives us ‘power and wisdom.’ We are blessed with spiritual insights that can fortify our families.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Choose Ye Therefore Christ the Lord,” October 2003 General Conference

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“Now, we know, as you do, that all petitions to the Lord and all fasts do not receive this same hoped-for answer. Our extended family also has faced the death of loved ones, serious illness, the trial of divorce, and children who are choosing another path. We do not always understand the reasons behind the tests that come with mortality. But our faith has grown, and perhaps yours has too, as we have watched loved ones, friends, and people we know only by reputation endure with faith in the Lord the most severe trials. They, too, know the God of miracles and witness in their extremity that whatever the future holds for them, the Lord knows them and loves them and is blessing them. They are sealed to Him and to each other forever, and they are willing to submit their wills to His.”

Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A God of Miracles,” April 2001 General Conference

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“Prayer is what makes the connection with God’s power, which leads to loving and serving, sacrificing, and enlarging your own capacities.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Your Light in the Wilderness,” April 1999 General Conference

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“…Pray. As you talk to Heavenly Father and pour out your heart to Him, you will draw closer to Him. Then pause, stop, and listen to the feelings of your heart. Seek to understand the promptings of the Spirit. As you pray sincerely, you will come to feel Heavenly Father’s great love for you.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
Follow the Light,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Sincere prayer can be more effective in protecting our families than the earthen walls Moroni erected around the Nephite cities. It’s impossible to kneel down and take your problems to the Lord without having your heart softened. The changes prayer effects in our homes are multiple. It restores peace and gives hope. It lightens heavy hearts and heals the wounds of sin. It restores perspective, allowing us to recognize our blessings even in the midst of our trials. Finally, it guides us in making decisions.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Creating Places of Security,” October 1997 General Conference

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“Sisters, turn to the Lord. He cares so deeply for our happiness and our well-being. Talk with him earnestly and often, and your answers will come.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“The important thing to remember is to pray often, talk to Heavenly Father, seek his counsel so that he can guide you. When you draw near to Heavenly Father in prayer, he will draw near to you. You need never feel alone again.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Draw Near to Him in Prayer,” October 1985 General Conference

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