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By the Young Men general presidency and board

There is a divine pattern in the scriptures that shows how to connect the children of God with heaven. This pattern includes listening to the words of living prophets, studying the words of scriptural prophets, pondering those teachings, and then praying in faith to our Heavenly Father, knowing He will hear and answer your prayers.

A significant example of this pattern is Joseph Smith, who was confused and inquiring at a time of religious excitement. As he said in his own words: “I often said to myself: … Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?” (Joseph Smith—History 1:10). Joseph read the promise in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, … and it shall be given him.”

After pondering this promise for a time, he finally resolved to go to a grove, which we now call sacred, to pray with faith. This resulted in a personal spiritual experience that changed the course of human history.

Faithful Nephi’s famous words, “I will go and do what the Lord hath commanded” (1 Nephi 3:7), would never have come without his earlier faith-filled prayer in which he wanted to know that the Lord had inspired his father, Lehi, to leave Jerusalem with his family and go to a far-off promised land. Nephi wrote, “Having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers” (1 Nephi 2:16).

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