image “I offer a plea that each of us will seek to live closer to the Lord and to commune with Him more frequently and with increased faith.

“Fathers and mothers, pray over your children. Pray that they may be shielded from the evils of the world. Pray that they may grow in faith and knowledge. Pray that they may be directed toward lives that will be profitable and good. Husbands, pray for your wives. Express unto the Lord your gratitude for them and plead with Him in their behalf. Wives, pray for your husbands. Many of them walk a very difficult road with countless problems and great perplexities. Plead with the Almighty that they may be guided, blessed, protected, inspired in their righteous endeavors. . . .

“Pray for wisdom and understanding as you walk the difficult paths of your lives. If you are determined to do foolish and imprudent things, I think the Lord will not prevent you. But if you seek His wisdom and follow the counsel of the impressions that come to you, I am confident that you will be blessed.”

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Benediction,” Ensign, May 2003, 99-100.

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910 – 2008) was the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving from 1995 until his death in 2008. He was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history. As president of the church, he was regarded by its members to be a prophet of God.