Brothers and sisters, the gospel of the Savior is not simply about avoiding bad in our lives; it also is essentially about doing and becoming good. 21. “And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt; for the Lord had granted unto them power, according to their faith which was in Christ” (emphasis added). Once again the enabling power is evident as good people struggle against evil and strive to become even better and serve more effectively “in the strength of the Lord” (Mosiah 9:17). I was a freshman at BYU in 1970 when the construction work on this building was started. . She literally was sick all day every day for eight months with each pregnancy. Now if I had been one of Alma’s people and received that particular assurance, my response likely would have been, “I thank thee, and please hurry!” But notice in verse 15 the process the Lord used to lighten the burden: “And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (emphasis added). scriptures.lds.org; emphasis added. 195). But we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His Atonement and by the power of the Holy Ghost, to live in us—not only to direct us but also to empower us. Indeed, “in the strength of the Lord” (Mosiah 9:17) we can do and overcome all things. As a wise and loving father, Lehi taught his son Jacob that the very purpose of mortal life is for all people to have joy: But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. I am not so sure, however, that we know and understand that the Atonement is also for saints—for good men and women who are obedient and worthy and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully. My experience at BYU was “spiritually strength­ening,” “intellectually enlarging,” and a preparation for “lifelong learning and service.”5 And most important of all, I met Susan Robinson on this campus after I returned home from my mission in 1973. Right now. Elder David A. Bednar . Her expression of faith caused me to remember the lyrics of several familiar hymns: With faith, we hold the iron rod Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.22. Those closest to him notice the deepest evidences of that power. Elder Gong counseled us to prepare now for a future that will be here tomorrow. It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for us. “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” Hymns, no. (For those of you who may be wondering, the young woman with whom I attended that fireside then is not Sister Bednar now.) I watched her persevere through intense and continuous morning sickness and vomiting during each of her three pregnancies. I moved into Helaman Halls in August 1970 and quickly became acquainted with many diverse and faithful young men and young women. Happily Ever After: Lessons from Joseph Smith, Lehi, and the Recent Accounting Scandals, BYU Speeches Devotionals constitute an important class at BYU that no one should miss. . I think most of us know that when we do things wrong, when we need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has paid the price and made it possible for us to be made clean through His redeeming power. . How important it is for us to never confuse or trade the enduring, deep joy of devoted discipleship for temporary and shallow fun. I draw myself apart, And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.4. 136. Merriam-Webster.com, s.v. We asked the Lord to direct us what to do. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. 6. Russell M. Nelson, “Let Us All Press On,” Ensign, May 2018; emphasis added. Joy comes from exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, worthily receiving and faithfully honoring sacred ordinances and covenants, and striving to become deeply converted to the Savior and His purposes. I know well Elders Holland, Andersen, Rasband, and Gong. As we do so, may you begin to see with new eyes and hear with new ears as “Saints and angels sing,” as we “repeat the sounding joy,” and as we “ever worship God.”39. Brothers and sisters, I believe this second part of the journey—this process of going from good to better—is a topic about which we do not study or teach frequently enough nor understand adequately. We enjoyed this sumptuous fare for about six weeks” (Jones, Forty Years, 81–82). Susan and I are grateful to be here with you. . Reaches my reaching As both a member of the Twelve and a past president of BYU, he reminded the graduates of two vital truths. It is clear to me that I likely will never be asked to do so again. And we can increase our capacity to overcome the desires of the flesh and temptations, as described in this verse, “through the atonement of Christ.” When we make mistakes—as we transgress and sin—we are able to overcome such weakness through the redeeming and cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Sometimes I wonder if in our latter-day world of ease—in our world of microwave ovens and cell phones and air-conditioned cars and comfortable homes—I wonder if we ever learn to acknowledge our daily dependence upon the enabling power of the Atonement. . “We hadn’t the faith to ask him to bless the raw-hide, for it was ‘hard stock.’ On eating now all seemed to relish the feast. Title: ... Devotional address delivered at Brigham Young University Marriott Center, 23 October 2001. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivers the Jan. 19 devotional focusing on miracles in temple work. An important time of learning for me started on this campus in 1970. Only a few Latter-day Saints attended my high school, and my ward had a very small group of youth. Of particular importance was his instructive invitation to each of us to assess how we understand and exercise the principle of integrity in our individual lives. I believe we can learn much about this vital aspect of the Atonement if we will insert enabling and strengthening power each time we find the word grace in the scriptures. Elder David A. Bednar is set to speak on Jan. 19, 2021. And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. It is for good people who are trying to become better and serve faithfully and who yearn for an ongoing and mighty change of heart. Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional September 11, 2001 Elder David A. Bednar He spoke about modern-day miracles and the connection between faith-filled temple work in 1846 and 2020. In mortality we all are tempted by the flesh. We are all familiar with the story of Alma and Amulek contained in Alma 14. 10. The world we live in is often turbulent. These things I know to be true and so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Joy primarily pertains to mortality and eternity; fun pertains only to mortality. Here again we see reflected in his request Alma’s understanding of and confidence in the enabling power of the Atonement. In March, Elder Ronald A. Rasband emphasized the importance of personal integrity. First, consider “and putteth off the natural man.” Let me suggest to you that President McKay was fundamentally talking about putting off the natural man when he said, “The purpose of the gospel is . I want to stop at this point and draw our attention to two specific phrases. “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” Hymns, 2002, no. As we frequently sing in preparation to partake of the emblems of the sacrament, “His precious blood he freely spilt; His life he freely gave, A sinless sacrifice for guilt, A dying world to save” (“How Great the Wisdom and the Love,” Hymns, 1985, no. Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Elder David A. Bednar, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at Tuesday’s BYU Devotional. Daniel W. Jones was born in 1830 in Missouri, and he joined the Church in California in 1851. As I entered the Marriott Center this morning, my mind was flooded with wonderful memories. Because of Heavenly Father’s plan and the Savior’s Atonement, challenges and afflictions invite us to lift up our eyes35 to Jesus Christ, the true source of joy. When other sources cease to make me whole? Examples of the enabling power are not found only in the scriptures. You will recall that in this chapter we learn about Rameumptom and the prescribed and prideful prayer offered by the Zoramites. . And in October, Elder Gerrit W. Gong encouraged us to look back from the future as “a remembrance of things to come.”10 He asked us to go with him to the year 2040 and look back with gratitude on four things we had learned as ­students in 2018: May we learn how to learn by the Spirit; may we choose and decide in time how best to prepare for eternity; may we offer global experience and training to contribute to every nation, kindred, and tongue; and may we seek and rejoice in spiritual strengthening.11. The precious perspective provided by the restored gospel allows us to learn lessons that prepare us for eternity through the adversities of mortality. He talked about identifying and obtaining eternal joy. I frankly do not think many of us “get it” concerning this enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement, and I wonder if we mistakenly believe we must make the journey from good to better and become a saint all by ourselves through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline, and with our obviously limited capacities. I appreciate the invitation from Elder Bateman to speak with you. Where is my solace I invite you to sing “Joy to the World” with both your voice and your heart. September 10, 2002 . In October of 1997, Sister Bednar and I hosted Elder and Sister Maxwell at Brigham Young University–Idaho. We had cooked the hide, after soaking and scraping the hair off until it was soft and then ate it, glue and all. Many other inspired devotional speakers also have shared experiences and insights that strengthen faith in our Heavenly Father and His eternal plan and in Jesus Christ and His infinite Atonement. I know apostles and prophets authoritatively act for and in behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy primarily is spiritual; fun primarily is temporal. “It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by his atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life.”. And I have wonderful memories of being in the Marriott Center as a student listening to and learning from Presidents Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball; Elders Ezra Taft Benson, Boyd K. Packer, Thomas S. Monson, Bruce R. McConkie, and Neal A. Maxwell; and many other inspired and inspiring leaders. But with joy wend your way. May I suggest that the Book of Mormon is our handbook of instructions as we travel the pathway from bad to good to better and to have our hearts changed. It was at this point in their trip that Nephi’s brothers bound him with cords and planned his destruction. May I suggest, brothers and sisters, that as we come to better understand this sacred power, our gospel perspective will be greatly enlarged and enriched. Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell; and they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice? Joy primarily is whole and complete; fun primarily is partial. Consider the example in Mosiah 24 as Alma and his people are being persecuted by Amulon. Adam and Eve summarized the vital lessons they learned from the Eternal Father and from their own experience. These are not words on a page in a book. See “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995). Brothers and sisters, please notice the use of the word grace in the verse from 2 Nephi to which we just referred. This morning I arose very, very early, and I would like to share with you briefly just a few thoughts that may be of some assistance to all of us. I invite you to identify, study, and prayerfully ponder additional principles that enable us to receive this important spiritual gift of joy. to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature” (from the film Every Member a Missionary, as acknowledged by Franklin D. Richards, CR, October 1965, 136–37; see also Brigham Young, JD 8:130 [22 July 1860]). 15. David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on December 4, 2018. On an almost daily basis, I am blessed to pray with them, study with them, counsel with them, and learn from them. Perhaps now we can more fully understand and appreciate the lesson of Matthew 11:28–30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. These good people were empowered through the Atonement to act as agents and impact their circumstances—“in the strength of the Lord.” Alma and his people were then directed to safety in the land of Zarahemla. Please notice the plea for strength in Alma’s personal prayer, as described in verse 31: “O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people” (emphasis added). The main idea of the word is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ (emphasis added). David A. Bednar was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was … Our useless cares from us to drive; I find the parallels between the attributes described in these verses striking and an indication that Alma’s good people were becoming a better people through the enabling power of the Atonement of Christ the Lord. . 256. ." Nephi is an example of one who knew and understood and relied upon the enabling power of the Savior. Now go forth to serve and strengthen. Rather, I think he was suggesting that the journey from bad to good is the process of putting off the natural man or the natural woman in each of us. “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. But Alma and his followers were strengthened, and their increased capacity and strength made the burdens they bore lighter. David A. Bednar was the president of BYU–Idaho when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 23 October 2001. He can reach out, touch, and succor—literally run to us—and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying only upon our own power. Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish? We typically do not sing a closing hymn in a devotional, but today we will. First, consider the titles used to describe the Lord Jesus Christ by Isaiah: “Wonderful, Counsellor [please note the word counsellor], The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”1, Connect that title of Counsellor to this verse from Alma: “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”2. The Aims of a BYU Education (1 March 1995). In a Brigham Young University (BYU) devotional address Tuesday, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles described the similarities between what Latter-day Saints experienced in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846 with what Church members experienced in temples in … I have been in this arena many, many times. As only Elder Holland could declare: Go out there and light a candle. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again If you have your scriptures with you this morning, please turn with me to Mosiah 3:19. I Will Not Remove Mine Integrity From Me (Job 27:5) Elder David A. Bednar . 27. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching. The brethren did not murmur, but felt to trust in God. To you and all mankind.”17. Speeches > David A. Bednar > “In the Strength of the Lord”, President of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Devotional by David A. Bednar on January 5th 1999, titled: "Your Whole Souls as an Offering Unto Him" Thus the enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity. Brothers and sisters, the implication of this episode for each of us is quite straightforward. . Elder Neil L. Andersen in April described and discussed “a holier approach to ministering.” He highlighted: There is a unique and supernal gift of ministering that can come from someone who loves God with all his or her heart; who is settled, grounded, steadfast, and immovable in his or her faith in Jesus Christ and in the restored gospel; and who keeps the commandments with exactness.7. Elder Bednar … . Again we observe that Alma did not pray to have his afflictions removed. Please consider carefully the response of King Benjamin’s people to his teachings about the Savior’s Atonement: And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them. We were three days without eating before this second attempt was made. The Savior declared to His disciples: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. “I know that my Redeemer lives!”16. In the Bible Dictionary in our scriptures we learn that the word grace frequently is used in the scriptures to connote enabling power. What did Daniel W. Jones know? The framework for my message today is a statement by President David O. McKay. The journey of a lifetime, as described by President McKay, is to go from bad to good to better and to have our very natures changed. He prayed that he would be strengthened to deal with his circumstances. In 1 Nephi 7 we recall that the sons of Lehi had returned to Jerusalem to enlist Ishmael and his household in their cause. “As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days,” Hymns, no. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, obedience, service, and a gospel perspective about the trials we encounter in mortality all invite us to come unto the source of enduring joy—Jesus Christ. Now some of you may legitimately be wondering, “Brother Bednar, what makes you think the episode with Alma and his people is an example of the enabling power of the Atonement?” I believe the answer to your question is found in a comparison of Mosiah 3:19 and Mosiah 24:15. Everyone on the campus eagerly anticipated his visit to the university and earnestly prepared to receive his message. The food and supplies left with Daniel and his colleagues were, to say the least, meager and were rapidly expended. I desire and pray for the assistance of the Holy Ghost for you and for me as we focus now together on things of eternal worth during this devotional. I had returned from my mission to southern Germany just three weeks earlier, and the message he presented that day was entitled “Be Loyal to the Royal Within You.” I hope I shall never forget what I felt and heard and learned that day. “Heavenly Father, please send me a quail or a buffalo.” It never would have occurred to me to pray that my stomach would be strengthened and adapted to what we already had. All is well! 7. “fun” [noun], merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun. All that I have read thus far is a preparation for the next line from Daniel W. Jones’ journal. . If I were to emphasize one overarching point this morning, it would be this: I suspect that you and I are much more familiar with the nature of the redeeming power of the Atonement than we are with the enabling power of the Atonement. Love without end.3. 20. These are literal, actual spiritual truths. 16. Sister Bednar is a remarkably capable and competent woman, and over the years I have seen how she has been magnified to handle the mocking and scorn that come from a secular society when a Latter-day Saint woman heeds prophetic counsel and makes the family and home and the nurturing of children her highest priorities. Gerrit W. Gong, “We Seek After These Things,” BYU devotional address, 16 October 2018. to make bad men good.” Now I do not believe the word bad in this statement by President McKay connotes only wicked, awful, horrible, or inherently evil. Brothers and sisters, what was changed in this episode? 3. Finally I was impressed how to fix the stuff and gave the company advice, telling them how to cook it; for them to scorch and scrape the hair off; this had a tendency to kill and purify the bad taste that scalding gave it. Let us now consider together answers to these two important questions. If we cannot look to you to change the world, tell me to whom we should look.8, Second, Elder Holland admonished us to be “secure in the promise of God’s unfailing love for [us] and the redeeming blessings that flow forever from the gospel of Jesus Christ.”9. See the complete list of abbreviations here. No one knows.” No human being, perhaps, knows. But together we prayed that she would be strengthened, and she indeed was blessed through the enabling power of the Atonement to do physically what in her own power she could not do. I am not trying to suggest that the redeeming and enabling powers of the Atonement are separate and discrete. Elder David A. Bednar We invite all to participate in devotional each week. A common dictionary definition of joy is “a feeling of great pleasure [or] happiness.”20 In comparison, the Guide to the Scriptures describes joy as “a condition of great happiness [that results] from righteous living.”21 Interestingly, our gospel perspective helps us to understand that joy is more than a fleeting feeling or emotion; rather, it is a spiritual gift and a state of being and becoming. Indeed, she was becoming more like the Savior and receiving His image in her countenance,13 a part of which was becoming joyful. A lot was cooked and eaten without any seasoning and it made the whole company sick. Good morning, brothers and sisters. From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on May 10, 2005. Elder Bednar noted the “eternal importance of temple covenants and ordinances” anchoring both ends of … Where, in my need to know, where can I run? Just as Nephi, Amulek, and Alma and his people were strengthened, Daniel W. Jones had the spiritual insight to know what to ask for in that prayer. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith” (emphasis added). We made a trial of them. Please do not become casual or apathetic about or ungrateful for the unique blessings available to you on this campus. It was a turbulent time with anti–Vietnam War protests, political assassinations, and social upheaval. And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. President Gilbert: We’d like to welcome Elder David A. Bednar, who is our first assigned Church speaker to the BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotionals. David A. Bednar devotional Author Bednar, David A. Bibliographic Information MARC Record Personal Author: Bednar, David A. 32. He knew he was an agent of the Lord, and he prayed for the power to act and affect his situation. David A. Bednar has not only testified extensively of the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, but has embodied it. . . Do this, and joy your hearts will swell— Assuming that I would never again stand at this pulpit to teach and testify, I have considered what might be the most important message I could share with you. Thus I have been most prayerful and serious about preparing my presentation for today. Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, and welcome to a new semester at Brigham Young University–Idaho.Sister Bednar and I are delighted that you are here at the university, and we appreciate worshipping with you today in this devotional assembly. I sat right up there in 2000 when that same son graduated from BYU with his baccalaureate degree. See Also Happiness . If correcting all the world’s ills seems a daunting task, so be it. . 211. 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