Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Increasing the Power of Personal Prayer

Several years ago during a visiting teaching appointment, my companion said something that really changed how I pray. She said (paraphrasing),  “I was taught that when we pray, we don’t have to fill the entire prayer up with talking. We should pause in between phrases so that we can feel the Holy Ghost and be guided on what to say next. We get more out of prayer, and we truly say what we need to say.”

I felt strongly impressed to follow that advice. As I started to pray that way, I noticed my attitude about prayer changed, my relationship with Heavenly Father strengthened, and my ability to receive personal revelation increased.

I’ve always known that prayer is important, and I believe in the power of prayer, but I really struggled to make my prayers personal. Once during a youth activity, we learned different examples of people in the scriptures praying all day to Heavenly Father (see Luke 6:12, Enos 1:4, Mosiah 21:14).  I remember our leader telling us that we should be able to pray like that some day. She said that our relationship with Heavenly Father and our ability to pray should get to that point. I remember thinking, “I’ll never be able to pray like that. I’m a failure at prayer.” For most of my life, I generally prayed using memorized and repeated phrases. I believed in prayer, I knew it was important, but I didn’t feel that I was “good” at praying.  Continue reading

Contention and Fear Cannot Exist Where the Holy Spirit Resides

mothers of striplingsCan we really believe that contention and fear cannot exist where the Holy Ghost resides? The Book of Mormon shows us two times where this occurred. Mosiah 4: 2-3, after King Benjamin’s speech, and 4 Nephi 1: 2-5, after Christ visited the Americas.

The Book of Mormon also shows us what it was like for those believers who felt the comforting power of the Holy Ghost in the midst of great wickedness. Alma 56 tells us how, during terrible war, mothers held their children close and taught them that the Spirit would deliver them from harm. And 3 Nephi 7 explains in great detail the incredible power of the Spirit given to those who were faithful in spite of the threat of persecution.

Do we, as women in the Church, feel that we are united in faith, powered by the Holy Ghost through our testimonies and actions? Do we really believe the Spirit will always be with us because we believe? Do we live our lives as though we were guided every second of every day by the Holy Spirit, who is promised to us each time we partake of the Sacrament? Continue reading