"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."




"Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God." (The Book of Mormon, Helaman 3:35)


Personal Prayer
To pray is to speak with God, either vocally or by forming the thoughts involved in the mind. Prayers may properly include expressions of praise, thanksgiving, and adoration; they are the solemn occasions during which the children of God petition their Eternal Father for those things, both temporal and spiritual.

Prayer is the way to commune with God and receive answers from him. Faith, sincerity, obedience, and seeking are attributes that lift the soul to God; this is the essential character of prayer.

Family Prayer
It is a duty and a privledge for parents to lead their children in regular family prayer

Receiving personal revelation is a vital and distinctive part of the LDS religious experience."

Reason and Revelation
"LDS teaching affirms the supreme authority of divine revelation. However, revelation is not understood as an impediment to rational inquiry but as the framework within which the natural human desire to know can most vigorously and fruitfully be exercised."

"All humans are entitled to inspiration, which is the influence of the Spirit of the Lord upon their minds and souls (Benson, p. 142)."

Does God speak to his children other than through the Bible?
Latter-day Saints do not believe "that the Bible contains all of God's word to all people of all time."

Receiving Personal Revelation
Elder Bruce R. McConkie explains that every child of God is entitled to receive personal guidance from his or her Heavenly Father.

The Will of the Lord
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin explains how to obtain the Will of the Lord through personal revelation. He gives practical suggestions for establishing better communication with our Heavenly Father.


Obtaining Help From the Lord
Elder Richard G. Scott explains how to obtain assistance from our Heavenly Father.

Personal Revelation
Elder L. Lionel Kendrick explains how to receive personal revelation.

Marvelous Are the Revelations of the Lord
Elder M. Russell Ballard discusses the importance of revelation.

We Are Not Alone
Sheri L. Dew discusses the importance of the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Pondering the Word
A discussion of how to get more out of scriptural study.

Fasting and Prayer
"Rich blessings are promised to those who fast and help the needy (Isa. 58:8-9). Self-control, communion with the Lord, and spiritual strength and power accompany compliance with the law. The spirit of the fast is aptly represented in latter-day scripture: "Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer" (D&C 59:14)."

Blessings on Food
"Blessings on food are prayers to thank God for providing sustenance and to ask his blessings both on the food and on those who share it."

The Language of Prayer
Latter-day Saints are encouraged to use the personal pronouns thy, thine, thee, and thou when addressing deity to show reverence and respect.

"A vision from God is a form of revelation whereby God discloses himself and his will. It is a visual mode of divine communication, in contrast with hearing words spoken or receiving impressions to the mind."

Improper Channels:  Astrology, Fortune-Telling, and the Occult
Church leaders teach that members should avoid trying to gain power or information through false channels.

Seer Stones and the Urim and Thummim
"Joseph Smith wrote that in 1823 an angel told him about "two stones in silver bows…fastened to a breastplate…the possession and use of [which] constituted "seers' in ancient or former times" (JS—H 1:35). Joseph used these and other seer stones that he found in various ways (occasionally referred to by the biblical term Urim and Thummim) for several purposes, primarily in translating the Book of Mormon and receiving revelations."