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David A. Bednar
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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.

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    Doctoral in Organizational Behavior
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During a recent visit to Portugal, I had the opportunity to bear testimony of how faith in the Lord and in His plan can help us bear our individual burdens and rise above life's challenges.
 
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.
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Much has been said about how “fear of missing out”—or FOMO as it is often referred to—can make it difficult for us to appreciate our current circumstances and environments. This is especially true as people tend to share only the best parts of their family lives and careers with us on social media. I invite you to embrace what the Lord has blessed you with and to act in faith. Do not take counsel from your fears.

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.
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True faith is focused in and on the Lord Jesus Christ and always leads to action. Consider this powerful example:

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.
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During a recent conversation, a young man asked me if fulfilling the responsibilities of an Apostle is tiring. It was a fair question, but I think anybody who is in the service of the Lord will agree that His work is energizing! His work is a work of faith, of love, of service, and of conversion. It is true that fully living the gospel of Jesus Christ is spiritually rigorous, but it is rigorous in an engaging, enlarging, and joyful way. There is nothing in this life that can bring greater joy. Like many of you, I feel blessed to be a part of His great work.
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I remember fondly my first Christmas as a full-time missionary in Nürnberg, Germany. I received a special gift from the Keller family. They lived in a very humble home, and all they could possibly afford, they willingly shared—a Christmas meal for the missionaries and a pair of socks for each of us. Their selfless giving reflected the spirit of the season and the light of the Savior. 

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.
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Reading the Holy Bible has helped me learn about the Lord's mortal mission, resurrection, and divine grace. As individuals exercise faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice and repent of their sins, they can receive through the grace of the Lord strength and capacity to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to accomplish if left to their own means. This enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement helps us to see and to do and to become good in ways that we could never achieve with our limited mortal capacity. #BibleCelebration
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I was thrilled last weekend to return to Oakland and participate in the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the temple. This was a time of reflection and joy for me and my wife, Susan. We had the opportunity to see a few familiar faces and mingle with the Saints in the Oakland area.

I was 12 years old in 1964 when President David O. McKay dedicated the Oakland California Temple. I cherish the memories I have of the dedicatory session I attended with my mother, of watching and listening to President McKay, and of the sacred nature of that occasion.

The Oakland Temple is located only a few miles from my boyhood home, and, because of its prominence in the East Bay Area skyline, I saw the temple almost every day. It occupies a special place in my heart and greatly influenced me in my youth.

The temple is important to me because of the service I can render there as a small token of my appreciation to Him whose house it is for His atoning sacrifice.
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As you find yourself scrolling through your news feed, I invite you to consider how you are using social media to build meaningful relationships and share your faith in the Savior. Let me be clear: there is nothing inherently wrong with using social media. In fact, many good and positive things can and do occur when social media is used in edifying ways. However, please also remember that the Lord has commanded us to “not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.”

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.
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As I mentioned during my #LDSconf‪‬  address yesterday, Godly fear is loving and trusting in Him. As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And “perfect love casteth out all fear.” I promise the bright light of Godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears as we look to the Savior, build upon Him as our foundation, and press forward on His covenant path with consecrated commitment.
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As I recently spent time meeting with members of the Church and those of other faiths in New Zealand and Australia, I was struck by the diverse backgrounds and beliefs of those with whom I interacted. Seeing so many people of different cultures reaffirmed to me how much God loves each of His children. We can be united in faith, yet still appreciate our differences. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for each one of us. Regardless of where we have come from, we all are invited to follow the Savior’s example and live according to the truths He taught.
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I recently participated in the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes, the council appointed to oversee and disburse sacred tithing funds. I was again impressed by the simplicity of the principles that guided our decisions. This council was established by revelation and consists of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric. 

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.
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In my office, I have two portraits of the Savior and a Christus statue that I see every day. I love these reminders of the matchless gift we have been given by our loving Heavenly Father—the gift of His Son, the light and the life of the world.

In the New Testament, Jesus spake unto the people, testifying, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

As recorded in the Book of Mormon, the sign of Christ’s birth on the American continent was a day and a night and a day where there was light and no darkness. To the multitude assembled at the temple in the land of Bountiful, Jesus described Himself as the light and the life of the world.

Notably, we celebrate Christmas with lights—lights on trees and lights in and on our homes. Beautiful lights can be seen everywhere at Christmastime.

As you celebrate Christmas this year, I invite you to remember with reverence the light and the life of the world, even the Lord Jesus Christ.
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