- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsQuorum of the Twelve Apostles, 2004 - present
David A. Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 2004. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, regional representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.
Elder Bednar was born on June 15, 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University.
After completing his education, Elder Bednar was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and at the University of Arkansas. He then served as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho (formerly Ricks College) from 1997-2004.
Elder Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975, and they are the parents of three sons.
- Brigham Young University
- Purdue UniversityDoctoral in Organizational Behavior
Recently, I took part in the Trujillo Peru Temple dedication. The Saints of Peru rejoiced as this temple became another authorized place to make and keep sacred covenants. They have a commitment to worship the Lord in His newest earthly home.
We all face challenges and need strength and reassurance. We are blessed to live in a time when temples dot the earth as sacred places of ordinances and covenants, of edification, and of refuge from the storm. May we each commit ourselves to regularly attend and worship the temple.
1. Prepare to learn: Before you take part in the event, I encourage you to make time to study, ponder, and pray so that your heart will be open to hear the messages the Lord has prepared for you to hear.
2. Interact to edify: As you participate and actively listen to others, you can be edified through the teaching, testifying power, and confirming witness of the Holy Ghost.
3. Invite to act: After the event is over, ask yourself this question: “What will I do with what I have learned?”
If you will ponder and act on these invitations, you will receive inspiration suited to your life. The Lord is preparing messages for you to hear. I invite you to prepare yourselves to hear them. face2face.lds.org
So how do we know if we are using social media in appropriate ways? I would suggest that asking these two questions can help us to know:
1. Is my use of social media impeding or inviting the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in my life?
2. Does the time I spend on social media restrict or enlarge my capacity to live, love, and serve in meaningful ways?
Prayerfully pondering these questions will invite inspiration and instruction from the Holy Ghost suited to your individual circumstances and needs.
To not take counsel from our fears simply means that we do not permit fear and uncertainty to determine our course in life, to affect negatively our attitudes and behavior, to influence improperly our important decisions, or to divert or distract us from all in this world that is virtuous, lovely, or of good report.
To not take counsel from our fears means that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ overrules our fears and that we press forward with a steadfastness in Him.
To not take counsel from our fears means that we trust in God’s guidance, assurance, and timing in our lives.
I promise each of us can and will be blessed with direction, protection, and lasting joy as we learn to not take counsel from our fears.
Under the leadership of Joshua in the Old Testament, the children of Israel transported the ark of the covenant. The Israelites came to the River Jordan and were promised the waters would part—that they would be able to cross over on dry ground.
Interestingly, the waters did not part as the children of Israel stood on the banks of the river waiting for something to happen; rather the soles of their feet were wet before the water parted. The faith of the Israelites was manifested in the fact that they walked into the water before it parted.
How many times in our lives do we want the waters to part so we can cross over on dry ground? Trusting in God enables us to press forward with a brightness of hope into uncertain and often challenging situations.
To this day their example continues to help me focus on the things that matter most during the Christmas season. May we all more fully discover Christ, embrace His example and teachings, and share His light.
The overarching purpose of Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness is to provide His spirit children with opportunities to learn. The Savior said, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” Our individual responsibility is to learn what we should learn, to live as we know we should live, and to become what the Savior would have us become.
I invite each of us to act and learn fundamental truths for ourselves. Answers to the questions of our souls always are found in the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we experience difficulties and adversity in our lives, the Lord invites us to turn to and rely upon Him. We can humbly plead for strength, capacity, and perspective to bear our burdens. And we press forward with steadfastness in Christ. The scriptures teach that the Lord will "ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, … that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions."
As we turn to Christ, we can be fortified, learn from our challenges, and be better prepared for future responsibilities and blessings.
I have now participated in this council for many years. My gratitude and reverence for the Lord’s pattern grows each year.
My heart swells with love and admiration for the faithful and obedient members of this Church from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Your faith strengthens my faith. Your devotion makes me more devoted. And your goodness and willing obedience inspire me to be a better man, husband, father, and Church leader.
I remember and think of you each time I participate in the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes. Thank you for your faithfulness as you honor your covenants.