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    Communication with Heavenly Father is critical to victory! Don’t let anything block transmission!

    Today, class, we’re going to have a bit of a history lesson. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember any names or dates; in fact, you just have to remember one thing:

    When in battle, communication is critical.

    Any soldier will tell you that if you want a victory, you have to have good communication. Think about it! A general needs to direct his troops, scouts need to relay reconnaissance information, and commanders need to be able to coordinate.

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    So, since the beginning of warfare, militaries have come up with different ways to communicate. They could get pretty creative about it too.

    Some armies sent humans, dogs, and horses running around with messages. Carrier pigeons flew back and forth. Warriors signaled with fire, smoke, drums, and horns to warn of attack, signal retreat, or proclaim victory. Later, armies built signal towers and used flags or fires to alert allies miles away.

    Then the telegraph changed everything. People could instantly communicate across huge distances! It may not seem so huge when you can text all day long, but back then, it was a big deal. Eventually soldiers used two-way radios to communicate straight from the front lines, and tactical communication kept developing.

    Mortal Combat

    You are also at war, in a struggle with eternal consequences, a mortal combat between good and evil. But lucky for you, you’ve got something better than smoke signals or telegraphs. It’s even better than text messaging! You’ve got a direct line of communication with Heavenly Father. In the battle for our souls, He’s the ultimate commander: He sees all and knows all about you, the enemy, the situation, and the way to succeed. And you don’t even need to know Morse code to talk to Him, but you do need to maintain a connection.

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    In warfare, a common battle tactic is to cut off the enemy’s communication. Soldiers who can’t speak with headquarters are vulnerable, isolated, and a lot easier to defeat.

    Satan will definitely try to cut you off. He knows that if you’re communicating with Heavenly Father and obeying His commands, nothing can defeat you. It says so right in Doctrine and Covenants 10:5: “Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work.”

    No wonder “the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray” (2 Nephi 32:8). Praying equals conquering. And Satan knows it. He will use an arsenal of anti-prayer flame-throwers. He’ll try to jam your signals with messages of his own, luring you into enemy territory. He’ll whisper that you’re too discouraged or too busy to pray. He’ll tempt you to think that repetitious prayers are enough. He’ll even claim that Heavenly Father couldn’t possibly answer every prayer, especially not yours!

    Don’t let him cut off your communication.

    Marching Orders

    Remember that President Brigham Young taught that our “first and foremost duty [is] to seek the Lord until we open the path of communication from God to our own soul.”

    Whatever you do, don’t let anything cut your communications to your Heavenly Father. Don’t lose that connection!

    Talk to Heavenly Father regularly. Make sure you’re listening for His answers. He will speak to you through the Holy Ghost. Get rid of anything in your life that might be blocking transmission. (Check out “How to Pray and Seek Answers.”)

    You might not feel like you’re getting any answer, or that you’re even getting through, but have patience. He will respond. (Check out “How to Wait on the Lord.”) Even in the heat of life’s battle, you can try looking for little ways He blesses your life. Heavenly Father is there and wants to communicate with you.

    Praying equals conquering.

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