When Nephi embarked upon teaching his people the "doctrine of Christ," he told them, "I shall speak unto you plainly." (2 Ne. 31:2.)
If they could not understand what he told them, he said, "it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark." (2 Ne. 32:4.)Nephi then spoke of the role fo the Holy Ghost in leading all to truth, and further admonished the people to pray, saying, "ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth him that he must not pray." (2 Ne. 32:8.)
The proper order of prayer is given: ". . . pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul." (2 Ne. 32:9.)
Quite often prayer is the only medium through which one may fully understand the doctrine of Christ, even when it is taught in plainness.
President Spencer W. Kimball said: "Righteous men and women find that they have the spirit of revelation to direct their families and to aid them in their other responsibilities. But . . . we must seek to qualify for such revelation by setting our lives in order and becoming acquainted with the Lord through frequent and regular conservations with Him." (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 126.)
In his October 1983 general conference address, Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Council of the Twelve said: "Serious study of the Book of Mormon admits one to a wonder world of complexity and beauty, even in the midst of the book's simple, but powerful, spiritual refrain.
"We are given that which we most need - yet we are athirst for more! Granted, whenever the words of heaven are filtered through mortal minds and tongues there is some diminution."