Prayer

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A story is told that while hiding from persecution during the early days of the Church, Elder Heber C. Kimball had to stay in the home of a widow.  When he retired to his bedroom, she thought, “Here’s the chance to see what wonderful things an apostle says during his prayers,” and she listened quietly at his door.  She heard him sit on the bed.  Then she heard each of his boots drop to the floor.  Finally she heard Elder Kimball’s prayer: “Oh Lord, bless Heber, he is so very tired” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 196-197).

On one occasion [Heber C. Kimball] while offering up an earnest appeal in Behalf of certain creatures, he started the kneeling circle by bursting into a loud laugh in the very midst of his prayer.  Quickly regaining his composure and solemn address, he remarked, apologetically: “Lord, it makes me laugh to pray about some people” (Life of Heber C. Kimball, p. 426-427).

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In 1974, while attending the open house of the Washington D. C. Temple, Spencer W. Kimball was invited to offer the invocation in the United States Senate.  Only a few senators were present, however, while most of the others were in a committee meeting.When someone apologized that so few were there to hear the prayer, President Kimball responded, “That’s all right, I was not going to pray to them anyway” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p.197).