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"We live in a world where there are so many voices challenging our principles, our values, that it is key for us to make sure that we have that connection with the heavens."

November 28, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

Elder Juan A. Uceda of the Presidency of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged BYU-Idaho students to develop a closer relationship with Heavenly Father through the teachings of Jesus Christ in his devotional on Tuesday, November 28.

"A personal relationship with your Father in Heaven through prayers from the heart, through mighty prayers, will give you power to make the right decisions," Elder Juan A. Uceda of the Presidency of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in his devotional. "A mighty prayer provides spiritual power to face anxiety, depression, doubts about your own faith."

Uceda said the basis of developing a closer relationship with Deity comes in offering more personal and more meaningful prayers, a task that's sometimes easier said than done. Still, Uceda says it's imperative to make "mighty prayers," and a deepening relationship with God a priority in an ever busy and chaotic world. 

"We live in a world where there are so many voices challenging our principles, our values, that it is key for us to make sure that we have that connection with the heavens," Uceda told BYU-Idaho Radio. "When we have that connection with the heavens, that personal relationship with our Father in Heaven, we receive strength, wisdom, promptings, impressions that will help us along the way to make the right decisions, not only to make right decisions but also especially, to help other people as they struggle.

Overcoming the temptation to not pray is a daily and sometimes hourly decision, but a decision, Uceda says, the promises a multitude of blessings.

"A prayer from the heart is a moment in Heaven," Uceda said. "It is indeed a moment in Heaven. If you have a moment in Heaven, you will know what to do. Youwill make the right decision."

You can listen to the full interview below.