'I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere'

"I know that I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I know He hears me," Sister Sydney S. Reynolds, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, declared during the Primary satellite broadcast Feb. 8.

Speaking about the blessing of prayer, Sister Reynolds shared the accounts of children who prayed for help. In one story, two children, ages 6 and 7, got separated from their father at a gas station in a town and then got lost. They didn't know which way to go. "We need to pray," said the little girl. After they prayed, they started walking in one direction and found the gas station and their father, who had also been praying to find them.

Sister Reynolds spoke about another prayer given by a 14-year-old boy in a grove of trees to know which church to join. "This was such an important prayer that the powers of darkness threatened to overwhelm this strong, young farm boy, but he cried out to God for help. As he did a light descended and the darkness went away. Joseph saw two personages standing in the light. . . . It was God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ."

Continuing, she talked about how her children who have served missions outside the United States and how they taught the story of Joseph Smith in other languages. The people they were teaching needed to know the gospel had been restored and that they, too, "could pray to Heavenly Father and receive answers to their prayers. He will answer your prayers, too."

Sister Reynolds then held up her hand and using one finger at a time bore her testimony: "One, I know that God is our Father in Heaven and that He loves us. Two, Jesus Christ is His Son, our Savior and Redeemer. Three, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. Four, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Church on the earth today, and five, the living prophet is President Gordon B. Hinckley."

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