The Lord’s House, Prayer, and Scripture Study

There are eternal, divine laws that will help bless our lives immeasurably. Speaking to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether youth or adult, I am anxious to help each of them on the covenant path. As we faithfully and regularly go to the house of the Lord, we will be blessed. As we pray, we will be blessed. As we study scripture, we will be blessed. As such, I wrote the following, which can be applied to many individuals, as well as many couples and family members. For those who are members of the Church, I invite you to stay and go “all in.” For those who are members of another faith, I invite you to learn more. Without further ado, here are some of my most urgent yearnings and subsequent associated blessings, complete with numerous footnotes, the study of which will bring immense value to the serious seeker of truth.

I plead with you to always possess a current temple recommend. There is no better place to be on this earth than in the Lord’s house. Always be worthy to be there. You don’t need to be perfect; you just need to be worthy and striving to be clean and pure. As you pay your tithing and keep the other commandments, the Lord will bless you. You will become a better person just by being in the Lord’s house.

What happens in your future is completely up to you. You have your choice. The law of choice and consequence is a divine, unalterable law. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

As you choose to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, you will reap the rewards of each of those tiny but important decisions to follow Him.[1] Life is made up of small decisions. The small decisions matter most because small decisions, small choices, determine larger decisions and choices. This is one of the reasons why Alma told his son Helaman, “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”[2] Daily prayer and daily scripture study are two of those small, seemingly insignificant decisions that have an eternally significant impact.

I plead with you to say your prayers every day. I know our prayers are heard. President Russell M. Nelson testified, “our prayers are never ignored.”[3] One modern-day Apostle observed prayer this way, “Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personage, encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father.”[4] What a marvelous thing prayer is. 

As you consistently and regularly pray “with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ” like Moroni promised,[5] and as you listen quietly after you pray, you will hear the whisperings of the Spirit confirm to you that God and His Son are real and that this is the true, restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

I plead with you to read and study your scriptures every day. President Nelson “promise[d] that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day.” He continued,

I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions.[6]

What a marvelous promise from a prophet of the Lord!

I invite you “to repent and walk more uprightly…and…be firm in keeping the commandments.”[7] Look inward. Examine yourself,[8] “watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord.”[9] He is coming again—and soon. You may be here when He returns.[10] You were born in this time and day, not by coincidence but by divine design, to usher in the Second Coming of our Lord.

President Russell M. Nelson has said:

In a coming day, you will present yourself before the Savior. You will be overwhelmed to the point of tears to be in His holy presence. You will struggle to find words to thank Him for paying for your sins, for forgiving you of any unkindness toward others, for healing you from the injuries and injustices of this life.

You will thank Him for strengthening you to do the impossible, for turning your weaknesses into strengths, and for making it possible for you to live with Him and your family forever. His identity, His Atonement, and His attributes will become personal and real to you.

But you don’t have to wait until then. Choose to be one of His true disciples now. Be one who truly loves Him, who truly wants to serve and lead as He did.[11]

As children of God, children the covenant and disciples of Jesus Christ,[12] our blessing and responsibility is to help bring others to Christ and receive the necessary ordinances and covenants required for exaltation.[13] How great shall be our joy as we do![14]

As we follow the prophet, keep our covenants, and “obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness”[15] as did the sons of Helaman, our burdens will be made light[16] and we can receive a fulness of the Holy Ghost.[17] We can have peace of conscience.[18] Angels will help and watch over and bless us.[19] We can learn and understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God,[20] and behold and perform miracles.[21] Our prayers will be answered,[22] we will be armed with power,[23] and we will find favor in the Lord’s sight.[24] As we act in faith, doing what is required and commanded of God, we “shall be lifted up at the last day”[25] and inherit everlasting and eternal blessings promised to the faithful.[26]

I know that Jesus Christ has the power to deliver us from our trials and troubles.[27] We can hear His voice and the voice of the Spirit,[28] which will guide, help, bless, and protect us. Prophets speak the words of Christ.[29]Following the Savior and His servants will help us stay on the covenant path.[30] “Heavenly Father will always assist His children in their trials and tests on the covenant climb.”[31] Furthermore, “as you keep your covenants, including the sacred privilege [of temple covenants], you will have greater access to the Savior’s mercy, protection, strength, and power.”[32] I know this is true. 


[1] President Russell M. Nelson taught, “Mortal lifetime is hardly a nanosecond compared with eternity. But, my dear brothers and sisters, what a crucial nanosecond it is! During this life we get to choose which laws we are willing to obey…and, therefore, in which kingdom of glory we will live forever.” (“Choices for Eternity,” Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, May 15, 2022.)

[2] Alma 37:6

[3] Russell M. Nelson, “Jesus Christ—the Master Healer,” Liahona, Nov 2005, 85–88.

[4] Richard G. Scott, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” Ensign, May 2007, 8–11.

[5] Moroni 10:4

[6] Russell M. Nelson, “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 62–63, original emphasis.

[7] Doctrine and Covenants 5:21-22

[8] 2 Corinthians 13:5

[9] Mosiah 4:30. See also Alma 12:14; 1 Nephi 10:20; Mosiah 2:38-41; 3 Nephi 28:33-35

[10] Doctrine and Covenants 88:96-98

[11] Russell M. Nelson, “Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law,” Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, Jan. 8, 2017

[12] Russell M. Nelson, “Choices for Eternity,” Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, May 15, 2022

[13] Doctrine and Covenants 18:14; 88:36-39; 105:3-5; 101:4-5; 76:50-70; 84:19-22

[14] Doctrine and Covenants 18:15-16

[15] Alma 57:21

[16] Mosiah 24:14-15; Mosiah 18:8; Helaman 5:12; Mosiah 7:33; Doctrine and Covenants 109:38, 46; Alma 13:16; 26:27

[17] Receiving a fulness of the Holy Ghost is only for those who worthily enter into the Lord’s house and become perfected in Him. The Holy Ghost is also described as the Comforter. We can, therefore, receive a fullness of comfort. Doctrine and Covenants 109:15

[18] Mosiah 4:3; Alma 29:5; 3 Nephi 27:16; Doctrine and Covenants 20:37

[19] Moroni 7:29-31. See also Harold B. Lee, “’Stand Ye in Holy Places,’” April 1973

[20] Doctrine and Covenants 76:5-10; 42:61; 107:18-19; 1 Nephi 10:19; Alma 26:22

[21] E.g., 2 Nephi 26:13; President Russell M. Nelson said, “so many wonderful things are ahead. In coming days, we will see the greatest manifestations of the Savior’s power that the world has ever seen. Between now and the time He returns ‘with power and great glory,’ He will bestow countless privileges, blessings, and miracles upon the faithful.” (“Overcome the World and Find Rest,” Oct. 2022, original emphasis.) Note: Miracles are conditioned upon our faith and righteousness. See Ether 12:12 and 3 Nephi 8:1. As we are faithful, we can perform such miracles.

[22] President Russell M. Nelson taught “what will happen to those who serve and worship in the house of the Lord. They can expect to receive answers to prayer, personal revelation, greater faith, strength, comfort, increased knowledge, and increased power.” (“Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys,” April 2024, original emphasis.) By contrast, see Doctrine and Covenants 101:7-8; Mosiah 7:29; 11:23-24; 21:15

[23] Doctrine and Covenants 109:22, 25-26

[24] Doctrine and Covenants 109:21

[25] Alma 37:33-37

[26] Doctrine and Covenants 84:33-39; 76:58-60; 132:19-20

[27] Alma 7:11-13; Alma 38:4

[28] Helaman 5:30, 33; 3 Nephi 11:3-6; Doctrine and Covenants 85:6; 1 Kings 19:11-12

[29] Doctrine and Covenants 1:38

[30] “Keep on the covenant path” was President Russell M. Nelson’s first message to members in his first address as President of the Church. (“As We Go Forward Together,” Ensign, Apr. 2018, 7.)

[31] Henry B. Eyring, “Helping Others on their Way Home,” April 2024 Leadership Instruction

[32] First Presidency letter, “The Garment of the Holy Priesthood,” April 12, 2024. This language is in the updated temple recommend interview.

Jeffrey Denning

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