How/What/When to Pray

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“Whether we pray privately, with our families, at church, in the temple, or wherever we are; whether we pray with broken hearts and contrite spirits seeking forgiveness, heavenly wisdom, or simply the strength to endure, we pray 
always with full hearts, drawn out unto God continually for our welfare and the welfare of those around us. Sincere desires offered in a spirit of gratitude for abundant blessings and gratitude for the lessons of life instill in our hearts steadfast faith in Christ, a ‘brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.’ ”
 
Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference
 
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“We pray to our Father in the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus engaging all three members of the Godhead in our utterances.
 
Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference
 

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“How do we, a modern, busy, competitive people, become yielded and still? How do we make the Lord’s ways our ways? I believe we begin by learning of Him and praying for understanding. As our trust in Him grows, we open our hearts, seek to do His will, and wait for answers that will help us understand.”
 
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference
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“My young brothers and sisters, can you think of the last time you received an answer to your prayers? Was it when you lost something? Was it when you were scared? Maybe you were sick or someone you loved was sick. I have prayed in those times, too.

“Where were you the last time you prayed? I have prayed in many places. I have prayed on the beach, in the mountains, in church, on the playground. I have prayed in my house, in an airplane, and at the hospital. I know that I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I know He hears me.”

Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
I Can Pray to Heavenly Father Anytime, Anywhere,” April 2003 General Conference

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“A woman of faith trusts God and faces adversity with hope…In prayer she seeks the kind, unfaltering guidance and help of a listening Heavenly Father. As she prays, she listens—allowing the communication to be two-way. She trusts that in His still and quiet way, He will lead her by the hand and give her answer to her prayers.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
A Woman of Faith,” October 2002 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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“We can call upon our Heavenly Father in the name of our Savior. Prayer provides an opportunity for us to express gratitude. Taking an inventory of our blessings fills us with hope. ‘Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love.’

“We can ask for what we need hour by hour and minute by minute. It is possible to have this personal conversation with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ by kneeling in prayer, just as surely as if we could kneel beside the manger and see the Savior there.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
By Way of Invitation,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Be on your knees daily and talk to your Heavenly Father. Share the happy times. Talk about what’s hard for you. Like my father, your Heavenly Father will understand. He’ll be there to walk with you, and to comfort and protect you.”

Jayne B. Malan, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Summer of the Lambs,” October 1989 General Conference

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“Talk with our Father in Heaven every night and every morning. Tell Him how it is with you. In your daily prayers you might ask, ‘Father in Heaven, what can I do today to help in thy work?’ You might simply ask, ‘What should I do or not do to be a better member of my family, a better friend, a better member of the Church, a better student at school?’

“If you listen carefully, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will be surprised at the guidance you will receive when you sincerely ask and then listen. It may come as a simple reminder to express appreciation to your parents or an impression not to see a particular movie or listen to a popular song. You may feel the need to resist compromising or making excuses or rationalizing to justify what you want to do, or maybe the whispering will come in the words of a scripture you have read: ‘A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.’ (John 13:34.) But when you follow these promptings, a warm, good feeling will come over you, and you will know that what you are doing is right.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President
Stand for Truth and Righteousness,” October 1988 General Conference

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“We are to come to our Father with humility and meekness, ready to listen as well as to talk.”

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

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“Sometimes being grateful doesn’t come easily. Sometimes when we come to our Heavenly Father we are in such despair that it is hard to think of anything to be grateful for. These are times when prayer is especially important, times when drawing near unto him is essential because we so desperately need him to draw near unto us.”

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

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“Your prayer can take many forms. It can be sung in a hymn, or whispered, or even thought. It can be as short as one word—’help!’—or it could be as long as Enos’s prayer that lasted all night and all day.

“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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“We are to come to our Father with humility and meekness, ready to listen as well as to talk.”

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

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“My young friends, I want you to know that there is nothing so terrible in your life that you cannot take it to the Lord. Maybe you feel lonely. Perhaps you think there is not one person in the whole world who cares about you, but I promise, Someone does. No matter what, you have a Father who cares, who knows your heart, who is ready to listen anytime. Draw near unto him in prayer; allow him to draw near unto you. Go to him, acknowledge him as your Eternal Father, and be grateful—for life, and for the opportunity to grow, if for nothing else.”

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

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“…We draw closer to our Heavenly Father when we are in deep need. Our prayers of thanksgiving and joy of course should be part, and are a part, of our worship, but I guess there isn’t anybody here who won’t admit that we pray more fervently when we’re under the press of problems. Attitude in adversity turns hopeless to hopeful.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General President
“Reach for Joy,” April 1982 General Conference

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