Prayer

November 04, 2021 10:51 AM MDT
Last weekend, the BYU Cougars found common ground with their opponents, the Virginia Cavaliers, but the connection between the teams might not be as obvious as you might initially assume.
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February 25, 2021 05:34 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Brett, a defense and prosecution attorney, shares that he is used to hearing the many terrible crimes a person can commit. But on one occasion in the courtroom, he hears 13 pages of heinous crimes his client has committed, and he can't help but feel sick to his stomach. In fact, Brett feels so terrible, he isn’t sure he can stay in the courtroom. But at that moment, he offers a prayer that changes how he sees his client—and future clients—forever.
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December 11, 2020 06:00 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Sue faces the grim possibility that her husband will not recover from a vital but dangerous surgery. And to add to her worries, COVID strikes, leaving her without in-person contact to her ailing parents who are in a nursing home in Pennsylvania. But right when it all seems too much to bear, a phone call from Sue's daughter reminds her of her power to call upon heaven to help her family.
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November 26, 2020 12:00 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Jeff says he only knew three things about his grandfather George growing up. One, he was born in the former Yugoslavia in a country that is now called Montenegro. Two, George was raised in Worland, Wyoming. Three, he had changed his last name from Mijušković to Marks. That was all. Any other attempt to get any information regarding family history from his grandfather led to a command to, "Shish." But after a chance encounter on a humanitarian aid trip to Haiti, Jeff slowly began finding breadcrumbs that led to his Mijušković line. And so after a killer deal on airfare, Jeff found himself in his family's homeland armed with a letter written in Montenegrin and an unquenchable desire to discover his own family history.
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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May 14, 2020 12:19 PM MDT
The United Arab Emirates’ Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called for a special day of service, fasting, and prayer on Thursday, May 14, and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles voiced support on behalf of all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Editor's note: The Power of Stillness is the LDS Living Book Club's book of the month. Join the conversation on the LDS Living Book Club's Instagram.
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November 26, 2019 09:46 AM MST
When I was just a baby, my father, because of concerns in his own life and challenges that he was having, left our family. Our mother alone, therefore, raised my sisters and me, and as I was growing up, my father had very little to do with us as children. I realize he was working with things in his own life, but his decisions created certain challenges and hardships for my mother, my sisters, and for me. At age fourteen or fifteen, if you were in my situation, and you knelt down and said: “Father in Heaven, help me find peace concerning my father leaving us and really having nothing to do with us for all these years. Help me forgive my father,” would you not think that was an appropriate prayer, one that deserved an answer? But no answer came at age fourteen and fifteen. Twenty, twenty-one comes, same prayers, still no answer. Twenty-five, twenty-six passes, same prayers, yet still no answer. Thirty, thirty-one, thirty-three, thirty-four all come and go. Surely I’m in the fourth watch by now, would you not agree?
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October 21, 2019 01:15 PM MDT
President M. Russell Ballard urged members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England on Sunday evening to “join a new movement” by inviting their neighbors, colleagues and friends on social media to pray for the United States, its leaders and its families.
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October 19, 2019 01:10 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in May 2015.
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October 12, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
The following originally ran on LDS Living in June 2017 and is an excerpt from the book The Way of Aloha: Lanai by Cameron C. Taylor. You can also read about the powerful lessons Taylor learnedwriting the sequel to this book, The Way of Aloha: Moloka‘i, here.
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By  LDS Living
October 01, 2019 01:51 PM MDT
Church leaders have often spoken about the care and prayer that goes into preparing their talks for general conference.
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By  LDS Living
September 30, 2019 03:35 PM MDT
The first time Retta glimpsed the towering columns of the Parthenon and the sprawling, ancient limestone of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, it took her breath away.
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September 20, 2019 10:17 PM MDT
The following article previously ran on LDS Living last year and is being shared as part of an article series that will highlight the life and teachings of President Russell M. Nelson. Beginning at his birthday week and leading up to general conference, LDS Living will focus on the insights and life lessons we can learn from the Lord's prophet on the earth today.
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September 20, 2019 02:51 PM MDT
I must tell you about my dear Aunt Alice, from whom I have learned some wonderful lessons. What a woman she is! She lives in Cardston and is now ninety-three years of age. If you were ever to see her when she was dressed up, you would find her wearing a perky little hat, a delicate chiffon scarf tied at her neck—"to cover the wrinkles," she says—a bright smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye. A couple of years ago, her son took her to a Saturday night stake dance. This was a happy occasion, she was excited to report to me. She told me that several people had asked her to dance. Her excitement reminded me of a conversation I might have had with a girlfriend fifty years ago.
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August 24, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in August 2016.
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July 27, 2019 09:05 AM MDT
As I watch the fledgling faith of my children grow, it is hard to teach the parallel truths that miracles and signs and wonders are real, that we should pray in faith for the desires of our hearts, and that sometimes (most times?) we may not get what we asked for.
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July 11, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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May 24, 2019 02:07 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint singer Marie Osmond is asking for prayers for her newborn granddaughter.
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Fun
May 18, 2019 07:19 AM MDT
Ever heard of the “Latter-day Saint headache”? I first heard this phrase from my mother when I was growing up. She would tell us funny little stories of going on dates with guys who would close their eyes and put their head in their hand before they ate their meal at a restaurant, as a way to say a quick silent blessing on the food. Situations like this bring up an interesting question:
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May 14, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
Like most evenings in the Netherlands, the wind swirled through the small attic room. Wooden beams creaked as the 9-year-old boy knelt and began to pray. Although he had prayed there many times before, this night was unlike other nights in the family home — just one floor beneath him, his mother was giving birth to his younger sister.
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May 03, 2019 08:44 PM MDT
While sitting in a sacrament meeting a few months ago, Sister Kathy Christofferson had an experience many members of the Church can relate to. It was fast and testimony meeting, and while many stood to share remarkable miracles and observations at the pulpit, Sister Christofferson racked her brain for something extraordinary to share—but nothing came to mind.
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May 02, 2019 03:41 PM MDT
“Please help us to unite as one nation under God,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during a prayer at the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 2, 2019.
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March 30, 2019 02:44 PM MDT
Though we do not have many recorded prayers from our Savior in the scriptures, those that have been recorded can teach us much about our Savior's relationship to our Heavenly Father and to each one of us. Learn more about these insights from Daniel Smith from Messages of Christ.
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March 26, 2019 05:51 PM MDT
It was Aug. 31, 2009, and then 32-year-old Rob Eastman had a gun in his mouth, ready to pull the trigger and end his life. It was at that moment when a vision of his mom and infant daughter popped into his head.
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March 26, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
In lesser moments in my life—and perhaps in lesser moments in your life—I must admit I am sometimes tempted to be critical of the way that God is running the universe, at least our corner of it. I have a tendency occasionally to look heavenward and quote Shakespeare, and say as Macduff said, “Did heaven look on, and would not take their part?”
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March 18, 2019 03:37 PM MDT
On March 15, a man carrying a semi-automatic rifle entered the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The devastating events that followed are now known as the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand's history.
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March 07, 2019 03:49 PM MST
The following has been republished with permission fromtaylorhalverson.com.
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February 23, 2019 03:53 PM MST
The following excerpt has been republished with permission from faithmatters.org.
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By  LDS Living
January 22, 2019 04:11 PM MST
"We know we will see him again someday and that families are forever," the Stokoe family said in a statement after David Stokoe's body was found hidden in an apartment he owned.
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January 09, 2019 05:06 PM MST
Before Cristina and Ivan Mesco met, they both felt like something was missing in their lives. And when Ivan prayed and asked God to help him find someone he could spend his life with, the answer would lead him and Cristina to the gospel.
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December 29, 2018 12:43 PM MST
There are certain roadblocks or barriers to communion with the Infinite, things that get in the way and prevent us from enjoying the kind of closeness with our Heavenly Father that we could have. We all could volunteer examples of such roadblocks. Let me suggest but a few.
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December 08, 2018 04:52 PM MST
The dream was always the same. I’d find myself lying in the middle of the street in front of our house on Hawthorne Avenue in Pocatello, Idaho. It’s as vivid in my mind today as it was a half century ago when the dream repeated itself on multiple occasions. I was lying facedown, looking up the street (we lived on a hill), while feeling the pavement pressing against my body and hands. At first it was not unpleasant; in fact, the pavement was warm and supportive. But then something alerted me, and I looked to see a car coming down the street directly toward me. I pressed down with my hands so I could get up and run, but my arms were not strong enough to make me move. Frantic, since the car wasn’t slowing, I struggled to crawl out of its way, straining with all the strength in my legs, but they wouldn’t move either. It was as if I was glued to the pavement! The car was getting closer and closer, and I tried to scream, but all that came out was a gurgling sort of strangled sound, certainly not enough to alert the driver. As the car was almost upon me, my heart pounded and the terror was so intense that the panic woke me!
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November 19, 2018 06:58 PM MST
It’s easy to get stuck saying routine prayers with repeated words and phrases. It’s hard not to when you pray every day, even multiple times a day, and it becomes a part of your everyday life. For many Latter-day Saints, learning how to pray is one of the first things you do as a small child. As soon as a child can speak in clear words and small sentences, loving parents help them say their own prayers and teach them the importance of communicating with God on a regular basis.
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November 14, 2018 05:09 PM MST
"I feel very vulnerable posting this but I feel I should. My hometown of Paradise is on fire. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. It's very surreal." That's how a Facebook post from Brynn Parrott Chatfield begins, a post that includes a terrifying video of flames raging around her car as she and her husband evacuate Paradise, California.
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November 10, 2018 01:07 PM MST
Hearing a child pray is arguably one of the most adorable things ever. Hearing their tiny voices speak to a Father in Heaven who loves them dearly is priceless. When children pray, there’s something about their quiet, humble voices that let any adult listening know that their prayer is sincere.
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October 13, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
The principle of prayerful inquiry and the pattern of asking, seeking, and knocking suggest three basic imperatives for each of us as latter-day learners.
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October 01, 2018 03:51 PM MDT
Driving through the rain-soaked streets of Portland, Oregon, on October 19, 2016, Michelle Schmidt wasn’t worried about her oldest daughter, Annie Schmidt, even though Annie hadn’t arrived to pick Michelle up from the airport.
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September 24, 2018 01:26 PM MDT
Maybe God saw that today, Sunday, September 23, was another one of those crucial times in my life because, in some indescribable way, God spoke to my soul through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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September 17, 2018 01:55 PM MDT
“The rivers are expected to crest tomorrow, so it’s only going to get worse for us in the next couple of days,” Fayetteville North Carolina Stake President Jeffrey Quick told Church News on Sunday. “We’ve just got to get this rain out of here, or it’s just going to keep adding to the rivers.”
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By  Yvonne Liu
September 15, 2018 04:09 PM MDT
It is a shame to say that I do not have many memories with my grandpa. Since the time I can remember, he had always been confined to a bed because of his multiple health problems. Being one of the youngest children in my family, I did not experience those times when Grandpa was young and healthy.
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August 31, 2018 09:17 AM MDT
There are three aspects of the process of revelation. We might call these the three R’s of revelation. First, we must receive revelation. Second, we must recognize revelation for what it is when it does come. Third, we must respond to that revelation if we expect to receive more.
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August 18, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
When it comes to making big decisions, finding answers to questions, or searching for solutions, we know that seeking revelation is vital. But sometimes as we are pondering and seeking, we find that instead we are overthinking and worrying. Our fears and anxieties dominate our thoughts, and worries spiral to the point that we are unable to receive the heavenly direction we need.
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August 16, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
When one of my friends announced on social media that she no longer had a testimony of the Church, I was shocked and saddened. A few months later I met up with another good friend who told me that she and her entire family had left the Church. I felt profound grief, confusion, and loss for these friends, and I struggled to understand and reconcile my feelings. How would their choices affect the future of our friendship?
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July 31, 2018 04:23 PM MDT
It began when BYU researcher Joe Chelladurai asked a question: How does prayer make a difference in families? After extensive research, here's what he and his colleagues found:
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July 28, 2018 12:04 PM MDT
We all have times when answers come easily. We have times when answers come clearly and distinctly. And we all have times when we really pray about something and seemingly receive no answer. On some such occasions, we may feel that we've conscientiously followed the instructions in Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-9. We have studied the issue out in our minds, prayed about it (perhaps we even fasted), and asked the Lord if our decision or understanding is right. But after all that, we still do not feel we have received a burning in the bosom—or a stupor of thought—and thus it appears we are left to our own resources to try to solve the problem. Or we may be certain we have received an answer—but then things don't work out the way we thought they would.
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July 27, 2018 07:16 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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July 17, 2018 03:06 PM MDT
“If you save me, I will serve you," Williamson Sintyl prayed as he struggled to stay alive while buried underneath the rubble that was his father's orphanage. It was 2010, and a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had just devasted Haiti. But little did Sintyl know that this horrific experience would help lead him to the gospel.
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July 11, 2018 01:55 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from President James E. Faust's April 2002 general conference talk, "The Lifeline of Prayer" during which he quotes from Elder Andre K. Anastasiou's October 1946 general conference address. We are grateful to Meridian Magazine for making us aware of this story. To read selections of the 1946 talk, you can read it on their site here.
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June 29, 2018 01:36 PM MDT
From age five through fifteen, I was subjected to extreme abuse at the hands of my stepfather. I struggled for years with feelings of great unworthiness. I was quite inactive and bitter as a Church member. My heart became quite hardened. I suppose you could say I was spiritually bruised and broken. I couldn’t bring myself to pray to someone in heaven who was supposed to be my father. I rejected priesthood blessings because even the touch of worthy priesthood holders was a threat. I got so lost in my deep, dark place that I got to thinking that life would be better off without me.
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June 09, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
Understand that we are mere mortal “babysitters” who can appeal directly to the real Parent. There is no more effectual and answer-deserving prayer than this: “Father, help me to understand and to do what is best for this, thy child.”
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June 06, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
From the day my first child was born I loved and treasured being a mother. I felt great joy in nurturing, teaching, and loving God’s precious children, and I was grateful to be able to stay at home to care for my children.
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June 05, 2018 12:19 PM MDT
"It was as close to hell as you can imagine," returned missionary Josh Holt said of his imprisonment in Venezuela. But he also acknowledges, "We have to thank everyone that supported us, everyone that prayed for us, that put our names in the temples. Everyone that was there for us and in the end, thank God, he was the one that got us through it."
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By  LDS Living
May 31, 2018 03:20 PM MDT
Mormon Channel recently released a new music video, "Did you think to pray?" featuring artists in Mongolia. Check it out:
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May 29, 2018 12:02 PM MDT
After a terrifying, two-year imprisonment, Joshua Holt returned home Monday and shared how prayer and faith helped him through his ordeal. Holt's grandmother, Linda Holt, said, “For 678 days, I posted a prayer on Facebook for Josh and Thamy. Our stake has fasted for them. People (have) prayed for them."
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By  LDS Living
May 21, 2018 12:37 PM MDT
Loneliness—it is a shared experience among all of us. At some point every person is going to feel isolated, misunderstood, abandoned, or lonely. Even our Savior felt that way, pleading to Heavenly Father, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
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May 09, 2018 08:00 PM MDT
It is so hard when sincere prayer about something we desire very much is not answered the way we want. It is especially difficult when the Lord answers no to that which is worthy and would give us great joy and happiness. Whether it be overcoming illness or loneliness, recovery of a wayward child, coping with a handicap, or seeking continuing life for a dear one who is slipping away, it seems so reasonable and so consistent with our happiness to have a favorable answer. It is hard to understand why our exercise of deep and sincere faith from an obedient life does not bring the desired result.
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May 07, 2018 03:44 PM MDT
Church members John Rey and Mara Bautista were visiting the BYU Jerusalem Center for President Nelson's global ministry tour when their 7-year-old daughter, Ella, said something about his visit they will never forget.
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May 05, 2018 02:47 PM MDT
I was sixteen years of age when my father, my older brother, and I traveled to Yellowstone Park to see its sights for the first time. We camped for the night in a tent at Fishing Bridge, near the Yellowstone River. We had taken some fishing gear and were going to rise early to fish at the side of the river.
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