These men, along with today’s prophets, apostles, and other Church leaders, have been called of God by prophecy. They have shared the messages the Lord wants us to hear at this particular time.
May we hear and heed the eternal truths taught by the Lord’s authorized representatives. As we do so, I promise our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be fortified and we will receive spiritual guidance and protection.
I invite you to study, pray, ponder, and strive to learn more about the Savior’s Atonement. The unique challenges in each of our lives are designed to help us rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.
I testify and promise He will help us bear up our burdens with ease.
First, on your mission, your primary purpose will be to help others come unto Christ. Strive to develop a closer relationship with the Savior now. Meaningful and consistent prayer and scripture study should become important parts of your discipleship long before you receive a mission call.
Second, learn that spiritual strength and power are developed through heartfelt and willing obedience. Work hard; be obedient to the Lord and to your parents. Obedience opens the door to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.
Third, you will be called to serve as a full-time missionary—a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through revelation, you will be assigned to serve as a missionary in an area of the world where your sincere testimony and spiritual gifts will assist others in hearing the message of the restored gospel. Bear your testimony often and become acquainted with your personal strengths.
The best thing you can do to prepare to serve is to become a missionary now.
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.
Meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them.
After we say “amen,” we should press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father. We have a responsibility to not merely ask—but to “ask in faith” (James 1:6).
The temple is the house of the Lord, a sanctuary from the world. Through our worthiness and sincere preparation to worship in the temple, we can feel closer to our Heavenly Father, His Beloved Son, and the Holy Ghost. Our lives will be filled with greater peace as we learn in His holy house to become more like Him.
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.
- 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