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Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve

A summary of the talk given by Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve, during the Saturday afternoon session.

"Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world — he who ransomed us with his blood — is our Redeemer and our Exemplar. At the close of his mortal mission, he prayed that his will — as the beloved Son — might be swallowed up in the will of the Father. In that crucial hour the Savior cried, 'Father, thy will be done, and glory be thine forever.' So we should pray to God: 'Thy will be done.' "

"The practice of church members is to kneel in family prayer each morning and evening, plus daily personal prayers and blessings on our food.

"When should we pray? Whenever we desire!"

"Jesus reminded his disciples 'that they should not cease to pray in their hearts.' "

"Prayer begins with individual initiative. 'Behold,' saith the Lord, 'I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.' The door is opened when we pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ."

"The concept of 'too much and unnecessary' could also apply to the length of our prayers." Public prayers ought to be short supplications.

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