David A. Bednar . 25 Jan. , BYU-I Religion Symposium, “The Character of Christ”. Read 29 Jan. , Ricks College Symposium, “Come Unto Christ”. Can anyone explain the story which involved Bednar and a tragic car accident? How does this story make you feel? What points stood out to. Discover ideas about Light Of Christ. The Character of Christ- David A. Bednar God and Jesus Christ. Light Of ChristLds TalksLds SeminaryLds.

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Discourses of Brigham Youngp. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Journal of DiscoursesVol.

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What enabled Him to seek comfort and peace for those whose need was charactef much less than His? We appropriately and rightly speak with reverence and awe of young men who sacrificed their lives to rescue stranded handcart pioneers and of other mighty men and women who repeatedly gave their all to establish the Church in the early days of the Restoration.

As the fallen nature of the world He created pressed in upon Him, how could He focus so totally and so exclusively upon the conditions and concerns of others? Maxwell presided at the training session, and on a Friday night and a Saturday morning he, the Idaho Area Presidency, and other general church officers instructed a group of approximately one hundred stake presidents.

And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality nednar eternal life. I know that He lives.

She then asked if I could go to the hospital, meet the ambulance when it arrived, and assist in identifying the young women.

And clearly we are being blessed with this marvelous gift as we increasingly reach outward when the natural man or woman in us would typically turn inward. In this good woman I detected no self-pity and no turning inward. I speak with equal reverence and awe of these two women–women of faith and character and conversion–who taught me so much and instinctively reached outward when most of us would have turned inward.

Because Bevnar resisted it perfectly, He understood temptation perfectly, hence He can help us. But “line upon line, precept upon precept” 2 Nephi The Christlike character of this devoted woman was manifested in her immediate and almost instinctive turning outward to attend to the needs of other suffering mothers.

Consider how, as the Lord was taken to Calvary and the awful agony of the crucifixion was commenced, He pleaded with the Father in behalf of the soldiers to “. And, undoubtedly, Jesus would have benefitted from and been blessed by such a heavenly ministration in a time of physical and spiritual need.

And I have declared unto bednxr thy name, and will declare it: Chgist will say that the world could not understand them.


Brigham Young further taught that faith must be focused upon Jesus’ character, in His Atonement, and in the Father’s plan of salvation:. This verse in the King James version of the New Testament clearly indicates that angels came and ministered to the Savior after the devil had departed. In the upper room on the night of the Last Supper, the very night during which He would experience the greatest suffering that ever took place in all of the worlds created by Him, Christ spoke about the Comforter and peace:.

The Lord bwdnar if and when we receive all spiritual gifts, but we chrisy do all in our power to desire and yearn and invite and qualify for such gifts. The revelations of the Lord to his creatures are adapted to the lowest capacity, and they bring life and salvation to all who are willing to receive them. First, this friend’s daughter was one of the young women involved in the accident.

Let me now briefly share with you two memorable experiences from my service as a stake president that highlight the relationship between our act ions and a Christlike char act er. Indeed, the depth of suffering and compassion is intimately linked to the depth of love felt by the ministering one. We are all well aware that following His baptism by John the Baptist and as a preparation for His public ministry, the Savior fasted for forty days.

As you know, we will have a closed casket at the funeral. This morning I hope to share with you just a few of the learnings that have come to my mind and heart as I have attempted to more fully appreciate this teaching by Elder Maxwell. Angels did not come and minister to the Savior; rather, the Savior, in His own state of spiritual, mental, and physical distress, sent angels to minister to John.

However, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 4: All three of these virtuous, lovely, and engaging young women–who seemed to have so much of life in front of them–suddenly had gone home to their Eternal Father. The statement I quoted earlier from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:. In the great intercessory prayer, offered immediately before Jesus went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Master prayed for His disciples and for all:.

In the case of Christ, he is described as one “. It was a meaningful and memorable time of spiritual enrichment, learning, and edification. I will take the liberty of saying to every man and woman who wishes to obtain salvation through him the Savior that looking to him, only, is not enough: As individually impressive as is each of the preceding events, I believe it is the consistency of the Lord’s character across multiple episodes that is ultimately the most instructive and inspiring.

Oh how I appreciate their quiet and powerful examples. I could not believe what I was hearing. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: I then heard one of the most remarkable things I have ever heard in my life.


We can in mortality seek to be blessed with and develop essential elements of a Christlike character. Our friend indicated one of the young women had already been pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and that the two other young women were badly injured and presently were being transported to the regional medical center in Fayetteville.

If such a capacity is indeed the ultimate criterion of moral character, then the Savior of the world is the perfect example of such a consistent and charitable character.

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Nevertheless, I believe there are several conceptual connections that are important for befnar to consider and ponder. Chfist the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Indeed, it is possible for us as mortals to strive in righteousness to receive the spiritual gifts associated with the capacity to reach outward and appropriately respond to other people who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us.

Her characher had been one of the victims in the accident, and she and I had talked several times about her desires for the funeral program.

They do not understand what we have on record, nor the character of the Savior, as delineated in the Scriptures; and yet it is one of the simplest things in the world, and the Bible, when it is understood, is one of the simplest books in the world, for, as far as it is translated correctly, it is nothing but truth, and in truth there is no mystery save to the ignorant. In a moment of ultimate grief, this dear friend reached outward when I likely would have turned inward. Recognizing that He Himself was about to intensely and personally experience the absence of both comfort and peace, and in a moment when His heart was perhaps troubled charactet afraid, the Master reached outward and offered to others the very blessings that could and would have strengthened Him.

My prayer for each of us is that through our study of this sacred volume of scripture we will more fully come unto Him; more completely become like Him; and more fervently worship, lf, and adore Him.

This faithful woman was a single mother rearing her only child–her teenage daughter.