One of my favorite “tools” for praying is my cheat sheet.   I know we are not supposed to do vain repetitions while we pray.  Interestingly enough when I have my cheat sheet, my prayers are much more varied then when I am trying to think of things while I pray.

One one side of my “cheat sheet” I have something like this:

  • Gift of Discernment – Power to Resist Temptation – Repent!
  • S, Rob,  and I are one in our parenting stewardship.T1,T2,T3
  • Mom and Dad, MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL, Kids
  • Friends – I list out my close friends
  • VT – List out sisters I visit teach and who visit teach me
  • Church Leaders – RS, Bishop, Prophet
  • Meaningful Spiritual Discussion Today/Missionary Experience

I have it as a word document and print it out every month or so.  Because on the back I add people who I know have special needs at this time.

When I was in the Relief Society Presidency I had a nice big list.  It is smaller now.  But still have people/situations I add to that list as they come up.

This is probably the simplest yet most powerful tool I have added to my prayers and I LOVE it.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am going to make a document for myself. I have been looking for ways to better my prayers.

  2. This is powerful. THANK YOU!!! My mind has been opened as I was in fear of vain repetitions. I think that was referring to being monotonous. This has energy and passion added to it. I’m excited.

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