It turns out that prayer and scripture study do in fact seem to help Mormons feel closer to God. Avoiding coffee and Game of Thrones? Not so much.
"I am learning how to be uncomfortable" in a Mormon fast, says guest blogger Mette Harrison. "I am learning that I don’t have to have answers or to feel spiritually ecstatic."
Perhaps it is true that Mormons unconsciously use the words of the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for prayer, but somehow I don’t think so, especially because most Mormons are never taught it. In fact, the manual for the Gospel Principles class, which teaches new members the foundations of a Mormon spiritual life, not only omits mention of the Lord’s Prayer in its lesson on prayer, but goes out of its way to caution against repeating “meaningless words and phrases.”