"But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; 0therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
— Alma 17: 3
"The law of the fast is basic in the Church," said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve in the October 1986 general conference.
"The law of the fast has three great purposes. First, it provides assistance to the needy through the contribution of fast offerings, consisting of the value of meals from which we abstain.
"Second, a fast is beneficial to us physically.
"Third, it is to increase humility and spirituality on the part of each individual."