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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Jesus’ character necessarily underwrote His remarkable atonement. And he touched his ear, and healed him Luke Bednqr know that He lives.
The Lord determines if and when we receive all spiritual gifts, but we must do all in our power to desire, yearn, invite, and qualify for such gifts. Etymologically there is no relationship between these two words.
There was urgency in her voice, but there was no panic or excessive alarm. During the course of his teaching and testifying, Elder Maxwell made a statement that impressed me deeply and has been the recent focus for much of my studying, reflecting, and pondering.
I find myself repeatedly asking the following questions as I ponder this and other events that took place so close to His betrayal and His suffering in the garden: Journal of DiscoursesVol. 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 chgist ultimately the most instructive and inspiring. Caracter faintly heard the nurse telling this faithful mother and friend that the young woman pronounced dead at the scene of the accident had been positively identified as her daughter.
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And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life. The statement I quoted earlier from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:.
But 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. 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 this good woman I detected no self-pity and no turning inward. Having just sweat great drops of blood from every pore as part of the infinite and eternal Atonement, the Redeemer encountered a multitude:. The usages I found most relevant, however, relate to “. Without Jesus’ sublime character there could have been no sublime atonement! Charity is not a trait or characteristic we acquire exclusively through our own purposive persistence and determination.
Interestingly, when we look up the word “character” in the topical guide of our scriptures, we discover that it is cross-referenced to the topics of honesty, honor, and integrity. Brothers and sisters, it is important for us to recognize that Jesus in the midst of His own challenge recognized and appropriately responded to John–who was experiencing a similar but lesser challenge than that of the Savior’s.
Please note the important differences in verse 11 between the King James version and the Joseph Smith Translation: 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.
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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. I then drove to the hospital with a concern in my heart for the well-being of the two other beautiful young women who had been involved in the accident.
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. Our friend was receiving updated information about the condition of the young women in the very moment she was informing characted about the accident and requesting my help. But “line upon line, precept upon precept” 2 Nephi And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life.
And the lovely countenances and physical features of these young women had been badly marred. Within a relatively short period of time, the two remaining young women died.
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A statement from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:. It was obvious that their respective wounds were serious and life threatening. The Lord determines if and when we receive all spiritual gifts, but we must do all in our chrisf to desire and yearn and invite and qualify for such gifts.
Because Jesus resisted it besnar, He understood temptation perfectly, hence He can help us. It is interesting to note that the overarching and fundamental challenge to the Savior in each of these three temptations is contained in the taunting statement, ” If thou be the Son of God.
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.
On the day of her daughter’s funeral, this Relief Society president from my home ward received a phone call from an irritated sister in our ward.
Indeed, the depth of suffering and compassion is intimately linked to the depth of love felt by the ministering one. May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward. Oh how I appreciate their quiet and powerful examples. I conclude now by returning to where I began–the statement by Elder Maxwell in that special training session last September: 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.
I find myself repeatedly asking the following questions as I ponder this and other events that took place so close to the Savior’s suffering in the garden and His betrayal: As we increasingly act in a manner congruent with the charact er of Christ, then perhaps we are indicating to heaven in a most powerful manner our desire chridt the supernal spiritual gift chrust char ity.
Character is revealed, for example, in the power to chrixt the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering; in the ability to detect the hunger of others when we are hungry; and in the power to reach out and extend compassion for the spiritual agony of others when we are in the midst of our own spiritual distress. Jesus was victorious in meeting and overcoming the strategy of Satan. Brigham Young further taught that faith must be focused upon Jesus’ character, in His Atonement, and in the Father’s plan of salvation:.
We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. This was before the day of cell and cordless phones.
As you know, we will have a closed casket at the funeral.