She started out by introducing the theme of the conference, taken from Alma 37: By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. I love this scripture, and felt like the conference theme was just what I needed to hear.
- Keep is small. Keep it simple. Give it time.
- Our very smallness, our fragileness, allows God to work through us.
- Prayer is a small and simple practice by which great things are brought to pass.
- Prayer rests on the principle of faith.
- Prayer is an expression of agency, a deeply personal choice.
- When things are at their worst, they then become their absolute best.
- We must be washed off thoroughly by the storms of life before we can return to our God.
- All things shall work together for our good. (D&C 98:1-3)
- Pray that He will consecrate our performance, our trials, for our good.
- Even our past experience can be consecrated for the welfare of our souls.
- Through humble prayer, our will and the will of the Father can become one. It unifies us with the Lord.
- Praying for one another knits our hearts together in unity and love.
- Sometimes, through prayer, even our righteous desires are modified.
- The act of praying changes us – as we work through our feelings, make choices, submit.
- If we were to wait always for a clear answer, we would be wasting time. Pray in faith and move forward.
- When such a thing happens, you may want to express gratitude – it is a sign that the Lord has trust in you.
- If we pay attention, we will see that He frequently puts his signature on small events of the day:
I care about you.
Everything will work out.
- Even greater than the miracle of being able to manipulate life's events is the miracle of developing a relationship with our God.
- Prayer does call down the powers of heaven.