The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine and Covenants 10:5

"One of the requirements made of the Latter-day Saints is that they shall be faithful in attending to their prayers, both their secret and family prayers. The object that our Heavenly Father has in requiring this is that we may be in communication with Him, and that we may have a channel open between us and the heavens whereby we can bring down upon ourselves blessings from above. No individual who is humble and prayerful before God and supplicates him every day for the light and inspiration of his Holy Spirit will ever become lifted up in the pride of his heart, or feel that the intelligence and the wisdom that he possesses are all sufficient for him." Heber J. Grant, "Conference Report," April 1944, p. 11

"The subject of prayer deserves the consideration not only of Latter-day Saints but also of the whole nation, for a belief in God and prayer has been almost universally professed in the United States. One of our greatest needs today is to turn to God in true prayer, that we may conquer Satan and escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work." Marion G. Romney, "Conference Report," October 1944, p. 53-54

"In our dispensation, the Lord has said in many revelations, 'Pray always.' He said that to Joseph Smith, to Martin Harris, to Thomas B. Marsh, to the Church, and to others. (See D&C 10:5; 19:38; 31:12; 20:22.) Now note carefully the Lord's words, which apply to each of us: 'What I say unto one I say unto all; pray always lest that wicked one have power in you, and remove you out of your place.' (D&C 93:49.) Regrettably, some of those counseled in the revelations to pray always did not heed the counsel and were removed out of their place." Marvin J. Ashton, "The Measure of Our Hearts," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1991], p. 104

"Prayer in the hour of need is a great boon. From simple trials to our Gethsemanes, prayer-persistent prayer-can put us in touch with God, our greatest source of comfort and counsel. 'Pray always, that you may come off conqueror.' (D&C 10:5.) 'Exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me' is how the young Joseph Smith describes the method that he used in the Sacred Grove to keep the adversary from destroying him. (JS-H 1:16.) This is also a key to use in keeping depression from destroying us." Ezra Taft Benson, "Do Not Despair," "Hope," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994]

"When our hearts are constantly turned to the Lord, we more fully open the channel between us and him, which helps us to be more receptive to his answers to our prayers." Gene R. Cook, "Receiving Answers to Our Prayers," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1996], p. 53


The prophet Lehi taught a principle for spiritual survival. First, consider his circumstances: He had been persecuted for preaching truth in Jerusalem and had been commanded by the Lord to leave his possessions and flee with his family into the wilderness. He had lived in a tent and survived on what food could be found on the way to an unknown destination, and he had watched two of his sons, Laman and Lemuel, rebel against the teachings of the Lord and attack their brothers Nephi and Sam.

Clearly, Lehi knew opposition, anxiety, heartache, pain, disappointment, and sorrow. Yet he declared boldly and without reservation a principle as revealed by the Lord: “Men are, that they might have joy.” Imagine! Of all the words he could have used to describe the nature and purpose of our lives here in mortality, he chose the word joy! – Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign (CR) November 2016

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