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How To Fast


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Fasting is a basic principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ- something the Savior did himself. This article explains how to fast by following these seven simple steps to begin and end a proper fast.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 24 Hours

Here's How:

  1. Prepare to fast by taking some time beforehand to ponder your upcoming fast. This will help you to be properly prepared when you begin your fast.
  2. Select a purpose for your fast which can be anything you, or someone you know, needs help with.
  3. Open your fast with a prayer. Thank God for your blessings, such as the opportunity to fast, and tell Him about your reason for fasting.
    "Ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need" (Mormon 9:27).
  4. Do not eat any food or drink any liquids for at least two meals- up to 24 hours.
  5. While fasting focus on the spiritual reason(s) of your fast instead of the temporal feelings of hunger and thirst.
  6. Close your fast with another prayer to Heavenly Father by giving Him gratitude for that which He's blessed you with.
  7. Complete your fast by donating a fast offering to the poor and needy. Give the amount of money it would have cost you for the food you would have eaten. Donate your fast offering to your local bishopric by submitted it with a tithing and other offerings slip.


  1. Due to health issues some people are unable to fast. If this is the case choose something else you can give up as part of your fast. This could include things such as not eating or drinking a specific type of food or beverage, not watching TV, not using the computer, not thinking negative thoughts, etc.
  2. When you fast without a purpose you're just starving yourself instead of focusing on the spiritual reasons why you are withholding food and water from your body.
  3. Your purpose for fasting could be about anything such as seeking help with a trial, tribulation, or bad habit. It could be about a recent death, health issues, or a divorce. The purpose of your fast could be to seek knowledge, understanding, comfort, or guidance.
  4. Use your body's feelings of hunger or thirst to remind you of your purpose in fasting, thus keeping your focus on your spiritual purpose and not on body's temporal needs.
  5. When fasting we are encouraged to give a generous fast offering which will be distributed by local church leaders to those who are in need of our help. This is one of the many ways in which we can serve God by serving others.

What You Need

  • A "tithing and other offerings" donation slip.

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