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Dear Gramps,

When saying prayer, is it proper to say “in the name of ‘Thy Son’ Jesus Christ,” or should it just be in the name of Jesus Christ? Also when some people are bearing their testimonies they often use in the name of “Thy Son” Jesus Christ at the end when they are talking to a congregation instead of Heavenly Father and it seems out of place to me. What is proper? Thank you,

Lindy, from California

Dear Lindy,

Your observations are correct. When we address the Father, as in prayer, and refer to his Son, Jesus Christ, we properly use the second person familiar form of the possessive pronoun, which would be “Thy.” If we are speaking to anyone else, such as a congregation, and at the end we invoke the name of the Savior, it is done in the third person, never in the second person.


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