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"Your prayer can take many forms. It can be sung in a hymn, or whispered, or even thought. It can be as short as one word-'help!'-or it could be as long as Enos's prayer that lasted all night and all day. The important thing to remember is to pray often, talk to Heavenly Father, seek his counsel so that he can guide you. When you draw near to Heavenly Father in prayer, he will draw near to you. You need never feel alone again." - Dwan J. Young, "Draw Near to Him in Prayer," Ensign, November 1985, p. 92

"Mothers and fathers need to read the words of the Lord with their children and discuss the scriptures constantly. It is only through hearing the word and watching it manifest itself in our lives that children come to be familiar with the voice of the Good Shepherd. As we cuddle those infant children, we sing lullabies and talk of important things. In the soft and gentle arms of a mothers love, children can come to know the voice of the Lord. Then, in later years, when the stress of living comes, the soul has at its command the teachings and the tools by which to overcome." - Dwan J. Young, "Prepare to Teach His Children," Ensign (CR), November 1983, p.86

"Just the other morning, I thought, 'I have been asking for so much. This morning I am not going to ask for one thing. Iím just going to be grateful.' I knelt and thanked the Lord for my good health, for my understanding husband, for our children, for our missionary son, for the privilege of serving, for the board members and staff who assist me, for stake and ward members throughout the world who are serving, and especially for the teachers who give and care so much. I thanked him for the children everywhere. I thanked him for the prophet. And the list went on. My spirit soared. What an astounding experience to know that I have so much! It takes a grateful heart to experience that soaring, that realization of how much Heavenly Father loves you, how much he does for you." - Dwan J. Young, "Draw Near to Him in Prayer," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p.91

"The time to prepare is now. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the Lord reminds us that we need to be prepared when the Bridegroom cometh. (See Matt. 25:1-13.) We need to recommit ourselves to the daily tasks of living the gospel. We need to learn to pray by praying every day. We need to learn to hear the word of the Lord by studying the scriptures every day." - Dwan J. Young, "Prepare to Teach His Children," Ensign (CR), November 1983, p. 86

"Because we know we are living not just for this life, but for another, eternal one as well, we look at life's events differently. As you review the last year or the last ten years, what is the best day you remember? A person without hope centered in Christ may choose a day that was simply fun or easy. But the best day may really have been the one when life's events forced you to your knees to communicate with your Father with new intent; it may have been a day that wasn't convenient or even happy, but you became a bigger and better person when you faced a problem with courage." - Dwan J. Young, "The Light of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1986, p. 85

The Lord wants us to be filled with hopeónot just because it points us to a brighter tomorrow, but because it changes the quality of our lives today. Hopeless may be the saddest word in our language. Despair is the enemy of our souls. It can paralyze us, halt our progress, and cause us to lose our way. But hope awakens us like a light shining in the darkness. - Dwan J. Young, "The Light of Hope," Ensign (CR) November 1986

Remember to thank your Heavenly Father for his blessings. This is a very important step, not just because Heavenly father wants us to be grateful, but because it does so much for us. Most of the time we think of prayer only when we want something; but when we start by expressing gratitude for the things we already have, we begin to see our lives in a new way. - Dwan J. Young, "Draw Near to Him in Prayer," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p.91

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