- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.