This week I've learned so much! Especially about the power of prayer and how we can invoke the blessings and guidance of the Spirit into our lives. Sometimes, being in such a highly populated area of members of this church, it's hard as missionaries to know where to go and how to find people to talk to who will actually be receptive and kind. Every night, people walk along Bountiful Boulevard to the temple and back with their families. We decided we'd walk down the sidewalk and try to talk with all the people and either get referrals, get them thinking about missionary work, or talk to some nonmembers. We said a prayer before we went, and as we walked by this couple sitting on a bench watching the sunset, Sister Holt felt like we should go talk to them and we found out they were Southern Baptists, from Tennessee and South Carolina, and they really connected with Sister Holt since she's from Georgia. It's amazing to see the Lord bless us as we go to him in prayer to find those we need to inspire and talk to.
The scriptures say in Alma 37, "Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
I know that prayer is a divinely appointed means to bring our will in correspondence with the will of Heavenly Father, and the results are peace, comfort, courage, and inspiration. When we pray sincerely, we invite the Spirit more fully, and invite the Lord into every aspect of our lives. The only way to know for yourself how powerful prayer is, is to actually pray all the time, before anything you do, and no matter what it is. It's incredible-but don't take my word for it, try it for yourself! :)
This gospel is the true restored gospel of Jesus Christ, the priesthood is here again on the earth, we have a living prophet to guide us today, and the word of God is sounding in every continent and visiting every clime, and we are all a part of it!