Living by the scriptures

Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work.

Doctrine and Covenants 10:5

One Sunday evening when I was in high school, I knelt down with my family for family prayer. The thought crossed my mind of how many prayers I had been a part of in that one single Sabbath day; all of my Church meetings, family prayers, blessings on meals, choir practice, a fireside, and my own personal prayers. There had been at least a dozen prayers. Before my father began the prayer we were kneeling for, I asked, "How come we have to say so many prayers?" My father just smiled at me, and we bowed our heads in prayer.

That very night as I was reading my scriptures, the first thing I read was Doctrine and Covenants, section 10. The fifth verse hit me very hard. I realized the urgency of avoiding the adversary, of doing all we can to stay on the Lord's side. It no longer mattered to me whether we offered a dozen or even two dozen prayers a day; you just can't say too many prayers. In fact, we should always have a prayer in our heart. Prayer is certainly my powerful spiritual defense to stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal.

As I go throughout the day with my young children, offering the many prayers that are integral to our day, and teaching them to pray, I let them know that they can always pray anytime and anywhere for any reason and that Heavenly Father will hear and answer our prayers.

— Shiree Sandall, Richfield, Utah.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail:

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