Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple Mormon religion classes.
Some of these students have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
The Power of Prayer: In That Selfsame Hour
This week I wanted to talk a little bit about trusting in the Lord. There is a story in the Book of Mormon where Moroni and his army had cornered a huge Lamanite army. When the Lamanites realized this they start fighting like crazy to get away. However, Moroni reminds the Nephites that they are fighting for their liberty, their family, and their freedom from bondage. With this reminder, the Nephites take heart and pray unto God for strength. In Alma 43:50, it states, “in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them.”
I wanted to highlight a few of the words that Moroni used. He said, “in that selfsame hour.” Imagine being in a battle for almost an entire hour after you had prayed for God to deliver you. I visualize that some of those Nephite brethren were having their faith tested by that wait. Sometimes the Lord doesn’t give us what we need right when we ask; sometimes he wants us to wait and continue to have faith in Him that He can do all things and all things are possible to Him.
I gave a talk this week in church, which was a really cool experience. I had actually been asked last week, but I completely forgot to write it down (I know, I know). Anyway, I got reminded on Sunday morning, which left me 2 hours before church started to prepare my talk. I prayed a lot for Heavenly Father to help me. I also prayed for at least one person to grow spiritually from listening to my talk. That night I received a note from someone who heard my talk. They thanked me for sharing my testimony. It was a truly humbling experience. Heavenly Father really listens to what we pray for. I hope that I can learn to be a little more appreciative of the power prayer. I know that Heavenly Father is always listening.