We are continuing to meet with each of the nine zones to complete our Zone Conferences. Our theme has been prayer. We have had lots of participation and good discussions.
Here are some of our key points:
President Clayton began by asking two questions for them to think about:
** First, why is it a commandment to pray?
God wants us to communicate with him, but why is it a commandment to pray?
** Second, what are the blessings you want, and why?
** President Hinckley's quote was discussed at great length."Every morning... missionaries should get on their knees and plead with the Lord to loosen their tongues and speak through them to the blessing of those they will be teaching. If they will do this, a new light will come into their lives. There will be greater enthusiasm for the work. They will come to know that in a very real sense they are servants of the Lord, speaking in His behalf. They will find a different response from those they teach. As they do so by the Spirit, their investigators will respond under the influence of the same Spirit." Gordon B. Hinckley PMG pg. 94
** obedience = revelation
** God commands us to pray to Him because He loves us, we pray to Him because we love him too.
** Christ commanded His Apostles to pray so that they would have the strength and power to do
what God had asked them to do. We can liken this to us today as emissaries of our Lord and Savior.
** Moses 7:21, 28,29,32,33 - President highlighted Enoch's response to God when he exclaimed, how is it that thou canst weep? God weeps when His children do not love Him and keep His commandments. All commandments are given because of His love for His children.
One of the ways we show our love to God is by keeping His commandments.
** 2 Nephi 26:24 - God doeth not anything, save it be for the benefit of the world, for He loveth the world.
I taught - Prayer is the key to the day and the lock of the night
* D&C 88:63 Draw near to me, and I will draw near unto you..
* The Doctrine of Prayer
-The heavens are not sealed
- We pray directly to the Father
- our prayers are answered through the power of the Holy Ghost
** Childlike Qualities = Christlike Qualities
** How can we increase the power of our prayers?
** by becoming more childlike - humbling ourselves - key
- gentle, kind, pure, earnest, genuine
** How do we approach the throne of God?
** Any attempt at pretense in prayer is pointless- for God knows our hearts - you can't pray a lie
** expressing gratitude
**Listening - key key key after we say amen, revelation begins if we are prepared and listen.