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At the Pulpit: Bless the hands that prepared it

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

At the Pulpit: 185 years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women edited by Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook is a feast. It is good from beginning to end. Every bite is unique and something to savor.

In introducing At the Pulpit (the latest book from The Church Historian’s Press), editor Kate Holbrook tells former Young Women General President Elaine Cannon’s story of ingenuity and determination in Church service:

Sister Cannon said, “I am willing to go to the Lord and say, ‘Okay, I really care about this. If it’s something you’re interested in, then help me. Together we can go and do whatever we need to do.” When leading the Young Women she would tell the general board members, “If we can’t get to it this way, then we’ll just go like this to get there, around whomever or whatever obstacles.” She insisted the key to knowing when to persevere was to be alert to God’s will: “You have to be sure what you’re trying to do is also God’s will.”

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How to: “Pray, kind lady, how dost thou pray?”

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

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If you were giving instruction on how to pray, what would you say? Maybe you have dealt with this in teaching your own children or investigators on your mission. Does it help you to have an order in which you say things when you pray? Does posture matter? Is using the formal “Thee/Thou/Art/Givest…” language an important part of your prayer vocabulary? Do certain phrases pepper your prayers without much thought – like “harm or accident”, “nourish and strengthen,” “moisture” (for the desert dwellers), “go home in safety”? How do your private prayers differ from ones you’re asked to say out loud in church meetings?

Have you ever run, leaped, danced, sung, painted a prayer?

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