My Foundation: Communicate—Maximum Time: 20 Minutes

“My Foundation: Communicate,” Personal Finances for Self-Reliance (2017), 144–45


When has Heavenly Father answered my prayers?


“Creating Lift,” available at (No video? Read page 145.)


Creating Lift

If you are unable to watch the video, read this script.

President Deiter F. Uchtdorf

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: In order to get an airplane off the ground, you must create lift. In aerodynamics, lift happens when air passes over the wings of an airplane in such a way that the pressure underneath the wing is greater than the pressure above the wing. When the upward lift exceeds the downward pull of gravity, the plane rises from the ground and achieves flight.

In a similar way, we can create lift in our spiritual life. When the force that is pushing us heavenward is greater than the temptations and distress that drag us downward, we can ascend and soar into the realm of the Spirit.

Though there are many gospel principles that help us to achieve lift, I would like to focus on one in particular.


Prayer is one of the principles of the gospel that provides lift. Prayer has the power to elevate us from our worldly cares. Prayer can lift us up through clouds of despair or darkness into a bright and clear horizon.

One of the greatest blessings and privileges and opportunities we have as children of our Heavenly Father is that we can communicate with Him through prayer. We can speak to Him of our life experiences, trials, and blessings. We can listen for and receive celestial guidance from the Holy Spirit at any time and at any place.

(See Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Prayer and the Blue Horizon,” Ensign or Liahona, June 2009, 5–6)

Back to page 144.


How can we recognize answers to our prayers? Why is listening an essential part of prayer?


Doctrine and Covenants 8:2 and the quote by President Russell M. Nelson (on the right)


Why is listening an essential skill? How can careful listening help us in our work?


Quotes by President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Robert D. Hales (on the right)


Commit to do the following actions during the week. Check the box when you complete each action.

  • Pray individually and as a family each morning and night. Spend time after each prayer reverently listening for guidance.

  • Share what you’ve learned today about communication with your family or friends.