Pray continually- Emphasize positive

Righteous thoughts and secret prayers occur in chambers that can remain forever closed to the adversary, said Elder Francis M. Gibbons in the Sunday afternoon session.Elder Gibbons, who was released from the Seventy Saturday afternoon, said that prayer, with unwavering faith, "contains the key to unlock the treasure house to God's knowledge and wisdom."

In the Book of Mormon, members are commanded to "pray unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those around you. (Alma 34:27.)

"When we are not actually engaged in the formal act of prayer, we should always have a prayer in our heart, wherever we are or whatever we are doing."

He continued, "Obviously, secret prayer is necessary in many cases where it is awkward or infeasible to pray vocally. . . . But a more significant reason for praying secretly is found in the Doctrine and Covenants section six, where it is written:

"Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart." (D&C 6:16.)

"It is clear then, that Satan and his followers, who have been cast out of God's presence and are dead to His Spirit, are excluded from those who by the spirit of prophecy and revelation may know the thoughts and the intents of our hearts," he said.

God, in His wisdom, "provided a channel of communication between Him and His children on earth that Satan, our common enemy, cannot invade. This is the channel of secret prayer. The significance of this to the Latter-day Saints is profound, for by this means we are able to communicate with our Heavenly Father in secrecy, confident that the adversary cannot intrude."

Elder Gibbons said that while Satan can convey thoughts, "he does not know whether these thoughts have taken root unless they are reflected either in our words or our actions. . . . We should also be wise in the way we guard precious things that are revealed to us by the Spirit. . . .

"Often we talk too much. We say things that need not be said, or should not be said; for in saying them, we may open a crevice which enables Lucifer to wedge his way into our lives.

"Wisdom suggests, therefore, that we suppress words and actions which might enable Satan to harm us, or whose tendency might be to create discord and enmity," said Elder Gibbons.

"How much better it is to follow the admonitions of the Savior to speak with kindness and love and to create in our homes havens from the turmoil of the world, which is constantly stirred up by the intrigue of our common enemy.

"And how much better it is to emphasize and to focus on the positive, rather than negative things, so as to build up and to protect each other, and to minimize the opportunity for the intrusion of satanic influences in our lives."