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FHE: Prayer

Shauna Gibby - March 05, 2009

Conference Talk:

For more information on this topic read “Pray Always,” by David A. Bednar, Ensign, Nov 2008, 41–44.

Thought:

Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings, as we express heartfelt gratitude, and as we pray for others.

(David A. Bednar, “Pray Always,” Ensign, Nov 2008, 41–44.)

Song:

“Children All Over the World” Children's Songbook, p. 16.

Scripture:

But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.

(2 Nephi 32:9)

Lesson:

Materials needed: A hand eggbeater (or whisk) and an electric mixer

Procedure: Ask the family if they were to mix up a cake batter, which tool they would rather use. Suggest that they could get the job done with the hand mixer, but it would take a lot more time to get the batter smooth. It would also prove to be very tiring. The electric mixer would be much easier to use. This is because they would be using an additional power source to help with the work.

Point out that oftentimes we try to do things on our own without enlisting the help from our Heavenly Father. He is there for us anytime we are willing to plug into the power source. We will find the burden to be lighter when we seek the guidance and strength of the Lord.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 103.)

Story:

“Pray for Her”

Anita R. Canfield

I had to fly to Mexico City one Thursday evening to inspect a project site under my design direction. The clients were leaving on Saturday for a two-month tour of their factories in Europe and the Orient, and there were dozens of questions to be resolved with them and the contractors that Friday. It had been a last-minute request on their part, and my trip was going to be an overnight but very intense visit.

I arrived at the hotel around midnight and went immediately to sleep. Around 3:00 in the morning, I was awakened by an excruciating, stabbing pain in my mouth with what would be classified as an extreme dental emergency.

My husband had done some dental work on me earlier in the week in preparation for further work the next week. I was in excruciating pain. I didn't know what to do. A million dollars'worth of decisions was resting on me the next day. I had to be clearminded and alert, especially with the language barrier; my Spanish is only adequate and requires great concentration on my part.

My first thought was to call my husband and get the name of a drug that would stop the pain. Then I worried that it wouldn't be the same dosage or type in Mexico. Then I wondered if the concierge would be able to find someone at 3:00 in the morning to even obtain it. And then, with complete realization, it occurred to me that any drug strong enough to knock out this pain would completely knock me out, and I would be useless the next day. I didn't know what to do.

Then came the distinct and clear message: “You have faith. You know what to do.”

I climbed out of bed, knelt in prayer, and told the Lord of my situation and all that concerned me, and I asked him to please take away the pain long enough for me to complete my work the next day. Before I said “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen,” the pain vanished. Instantly, in a moment, it was gone. I thanked him and went back to sleep.

The next day I was able to answer the questions, make urgent and very critical decisions, and finish on time to catch my flight home. By the time I was in customs in Los Angeles, the pain was returning. When I landed in Las Vegas several hours later, I had another full-blown dental emergency!

But that is not the whole story. Two days later was fast Sunday. In our monthly family testimony meeting, I told of my experience and my witness of the power of faith and prayer.

My fifteen-year-old son grew amazed. I could see his countenance change. When I finished speaking he asked, “Mom, was this Thursday night?”

“Yes,” I said.

“And was it about 2:00 in the morning?”

I thought about that. It was 3:00 in Mexico, but with the hour time change, I told him it was 2:00 in Las Vegas.

Suddenly he was filled with emotion and told me the beginning of the story. He had been awakened at 2:00 in the morning that night with a voice that said, “Your mother is in trouble; pray for her.” He had slipped out of bed, and on his knees, with real intent, had said, “Heavenly Father, my mom has faith. Tell her what to do.”

The Lord heard his prayer and reminded his mother of her faith and that she knew what to do.

(Jay A. Parry, editor, Everyday Answers, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 40.)

Activity:

Play “Listen.”

One player is blindfolded and seated near one end of the room. The other players line up and one at a time attempt to pass “it,” without being discovered. Players whom “it” hears passing him drop out. The last player left in the game wins. First player caught is “it” for the new game.

Remind your family that they have to listen, or we may not know the answers to our prayers.

(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 103.)

Refreshment

Blueberry Pizza

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Filling:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 8 ounces blueberry jam

Mix crust ingredients and pat into a well-greased round pizza pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees. Let cool.

Beat powdered sugar and cream cheese; fold in whipped topping and spread over crust. Top with jam and chill.

(Hollee Eckman and Heather Higgins, All that Jam, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2003], p. 102.)

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