Wow a lot has happened it has been a whirlwind of events and emotions.
Please pray on my behalf that I will be able to find a job.
Anyways so I had to give a talk on sunday and I am going to post it below if any of you are interested in reading it. It is definetly not word for word what I said but you will get the main idea of what I talked about by reading it.
In a world filled with so much sadness and heartache it is so important to understand who our Father in Heaven is and how we can communicate with him.
“We create images to find who we are, but who we are is found in the image of God. We need to know who Jesus was and who he is.”
Prayer is such an important and crucial lifeline to us and to so many other individuals in this earth. We have the power to directly talk with our eternal father.
Franklin D. Richards quoted “ With the knowledge that we can converse with God as one man converses with another, we also understand that we not only have a divine spark within us, but that we are actually spirit children of our father in heaven. Prayer, being the primary method of communication between god and man, plays an important part in practically every religion, whether Christian or otherwise.” End quote.
As we make a habit of approaching God in prayer, we will come to know him and draw ever nearer to him. Our Heavenly Father loves us and knows each and every one of us, and our needs as his children. He is waiting for us to communicate with Him. He wants to know all of the Highs and all of the lows.
In the true to the faith it states, “ If you do not feel like praying, pray until you do feel like praying.”
Heavenly Father hears our prayers no matter how small or insignificant they may feel. He will not always answer as we expect or desire. However, he does and always will answer. It will be in his own time and in his own will but he will be there to guide and direct us on our paths if we take the time to let him. In Psalm 46:1 it reads, “ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
I have personally felt the blessings and relief that prayer brings in my own life. Prayer has been a great blessing and a direct guide for my family and I on numerous occasions.
One occasion stuck out to me while preparing and thinking about this talk.
My parents were set up on a blind date and went out on a Saturday night. My mom was supposed to go to the singles ward the next day where my dad attended but she ended up going to her home ward that day instead. They then went out on a second date the next two days, which were Monday and Tuesday night. The very next day on Wednesday February 14th my dad picked up my mom from work and and they went to Denny’s for Hot chocolate. Afterwards they ended up going to my dad’s house where they sat in the driveway and talked. In the middle of their conversation my dad preceded to ask, “What do you think about the idea of Marriage?”…… My mom then paused and after a minute of thinking she looked at my dad and smiled and said, “ Yes Let’s do It!”
Now you should know my dad had been praying for two years before this that he would find his wife. And after that had happened my mom prayed about it and felt a overwhelming sense of peace and comfort.
Needless to say my parents were married 3 months later.
Although our answers to our prayers may seem sudden or we may not understand right away why the lord would be directing us toward a certain path but he always can see the bigger details that we may not be able to see in that moment. The world may not agree or understand why we do the things we do but if we are asking with a sincere heart and real intent the lord will not lead us a stray. Although it may not be as drastic as being married after just three dates and three months, the lord will always provide and guide for those that seek his hand.
D&C 19:38 reads, “Pray always, and I will pour out my spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing” The lord sure did bless my parents when he answered those prayers and as a result I have been blessed far more than I could ever put into words. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the ever present blessing of prayer.
This life can be closely related to a refiners fire. The lord puts us in the fire until he can see a reflection of himself in us. Prayer is such an important and crucial part to keeping our lives in line with the saviors.
May we always strive to keep the lord close to us and strive to not lose our father in Heaven. In today’s world it can be very easy to stray and lose sight of where the savior is in our lives. Just like the young boys in the bishop’s office. However, if we keep that connection of communication open and constant than through the spirit we will be able to always keep our lights and our hearts hopeful for all of the amazing things ahead and not on all of the hard times that will come our way.
Jeffrey R. Holland wrote, “God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as he always has. But he can’t if you don’t pray, and he can’t if you don’t dream. In short, he can’t if you don’t believe.” End quote.
In ending I just want to remind you of the words of one of my favorite primary songs, “ Pray he is there, Speak he is listening, You are his child, His love now surrounds you.”
Also last weekend me and some roommates went to these things called the sheep tunnels which are these underground tunnels that are covered in graffiti and peoples paintings. It was really fun except for the part where people jumped out at us at the end and scared me so bad I thought my heart stopped beating!